Andrew W.K. Won't Be a U.S. Ambassador After All

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Andrew W.K. Won't Be a U.S. Ambassador After All

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Does the Middle East need to chill out and party? The U.S. State Department seemed to think so.

Update #2: A new twist in the story emerges! Salon is reporting that Andrew W.K. was indeed invited to be a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department, but after further examination his invitation has since been retracted. A government spokesperson called the original invitation "a mistake and not appropriate." What a shame.

Update #1: New York news blog Brokelyn is now reporting that Andrew W.K.'s press release was a hoax, and that after speaking with an unnamed member of the State Department's press team, the rocker will not be making a rounds overseas. The government agency hasn't officially confirmed or denied the news yet, so there may still be hope, but for now it looks like this one was just too good to be true.

Original Story: Noted musician and all-around partier Andrew Wilkes-Krier - better known as Andrew W.K. - has a new gig, but it's probably not what you'd expect. The performer has been named Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East by the U.S. State Department. I'll give you a moment to re-read that and let it sink in.

"This is a tremendous invitation. I'm very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I've never been before," the artist notes in a statement on his official site. "And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!"

The statement also likens W.K.'s impending journey to that of U.S. Jazz musicians who traveled to other countries many years back to help spread a positive image of America. The performer will begin touring schools and performing for the people of the Middle East at musical venues in December, though official dates and locations are being withheld for security reasons.

Source: Huffington Post

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I think this was one of the last things I expected to hear when I woke up today.

I think this is the last thing anyone in the world would expect.

America... just as you start to regain my trust by re-electing Obama you go and start being all stupid again >_>;

This was on Reddit earlier and the conclusion seemed to be that it was just a hoax considering the only actual source site is Andrew's own website.

I think that's absolutely awesome.
Can hardly imagine anyone more positive and optimistic than him. I think he'll be a wonderful ambassador of partying.
Assuming it's true. I kind of wish it was. And for now, I see no reason to believe it is not. Well, fuck. :(

Well... Didn't see that coming. Still, no chance of them finding a nicer guy for the job. I wish him all the luck in the world.

MikeWehner:
I'll give you a moment to re-read that and let it sink in.

Dude...

There is no number of times I could re-read that, and it still make sense...

But, it allows me to do this...

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Seriously, WHAT?!

How... Who... WHAT!?

Who in their right mind would think this is a good idea?

I mean really,

MikeWehner:
show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying.

You want the guy who says THAT representing us?!?!?

who is that guy? and does it consern me if i live in israel (its technicly the midle east but idk)

Um. No. BIG time hoax. I can't believe anyone ever took this seriously.

Did the world break when I wasn't looking? Are the old ones going to rise? WHAT IS GOING ON!

Well this could be a good idea: I mean how could they find the energy to kill each other once Andy teaches them all how to...
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You know what this calls for? A PARTY!

P-A-R-T-Why? I gotta!

No, I could not resist, though I am taking this with a grain of salt until more sources confirm. I do support the notion of the Middle East loosening the fuck up and removing that colossal stick from its ass though.

think about this for a minute. his guy could single handedly end all war and centuries of conflict in the middle east purely by going there and having everyone stand there going WTF

Yes, because the problems in the middle east all stem from their lack of repetitive shitty retard music, hangovers, and that tasteless gimp giving everyone the thumbs up.

Seriously America, seeeriousssssleeeeee!

Let's not send anyone with any intellect, lets send a self proclaimed party animal (douchebag), in fact lets send Adam Sandler as well, and Jack Black... and Jesse from Breaking Bad, he'll be all like 'chillout bitch', get everyone fucked up on meth, then if anybody still has a problem with merika he can melt them in acid and bury them in the desert.

Listen dudes, I'm from the UK and remember Andrew W.K. he made a song about getting the party started, then immediately released a follow up single that sounded exactly the same. That's it, game over - that's how the rest of the world see him, we see him as an idiot who might force us to party harty, get the party started, fight for their right to party, or some other horrific activity that nobody will enjoy... see to enjoy a party, let alone enjoy a party with that WK tosspot, you'd have to drink, a lot... and Muslims can't drink - is AWK even aware of that!

...and that was how we were safe forever.

My god I have never wanted something to be true this badly before.

Well this was certainly unexpected, if it's true.

The US's new strategy in the Middle East: Party Hard!

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Ambassador to the middle East? We're supposed to be trying to keep peace with them, not make them angrier with bad music.

Is this our way of getting rid of him? Just dump him on some smaller countries?

Okay then, remind me not to piss off the government, I don't want an invitation to be the ambassador to Siberia.

Well one could say something about the Middle Easterners needing something to help them unwind and a party would be just the thing...

However, I'm curious as to how this will play out. I remember hearing Andrew W.K. was also a successful motivational speaker, so maybe the State Department isn't full of stark raving mad people...

What's he going to do with the Middle East?
Destroy, Build, Destroy!

I can't have been the first person to think of that.

I'm gonna have to wait on a real news source before I start partying hard in celebration. This is just too surreal for me to take seriously at this stage. It's the kind of thing I'd expect to see as a joke on Metalocalypse, or Family Guy.

Also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqOTU89cgC4

UPDATE, 11/26: New York blog Brokelyn is reporting that Andrew W.K. was not named the Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East, after an unnamed communications staffer in the State Department told the site that they had not heard of the singer's "new post." HuffPost is in the process of confirming.

It's probably fake.

...

Damn it...

Wow. I wonder if I could get myself a news article in the Huffington Post about how I'm King of the Universe Forever just by claiming the State Department named me that without proof.

We've updated the story to reflect the news that it appears the original press release was a hoax. Still waiting on official confirmation from the State Dept to dismiss it entirely, but for now it looks like it's been debunked.

MikeWehner:
...so there may still be hope, but for now it looks like this one was just too good to be true.

O.O Are you serious? It sounds like you wanted this to be a thing.

There is no amount of ways that it can be stressed that if this was true and eventually happened then a whole lotta shit-stirring would occur if he visited the Middle Eastern countries that were not the slightly lenient ones. Seriously. Fuck ups a plenty would follow.

This makes me really sad. I would have loved to see this guys career go from rocker to tv show host to US ambassador

idodo35:
who is that guy? and does it consern me if i live in israel (its technicly the midle east but idk)

Prepare for some epic headbanging and all round epic parties.

I wish this was true. The Middle East needs an injection of awesome. If I ever run a country, I would definitely have him as an ambassador.

surg3n:

Listen dudes, I'm from the UK and remember Andrew W.K. he made a song about getting the party started, then immediately released a follow up single that sounded exactly the same. That's it, game over - that's how the rest of the world see him, we see him as an idiot who might force us to party harty, get the party started, fight for their right to party, or some other horrific activity that nobody will enjoy... see to enjoy a party, let alone enjoy a party with that WK tosspot, you'd have to drink, a lot... and Muslims can't drink - is AWK even aware of that!

He's actually a fairly intelligent guy. The party guy thing is a bit of an act. In fact I'd saying you were being unnecessarily harsh on the guy, considering you've never met him it seems unfair to call him a tosspot, just by going off of his music, which isn't really meant to be taken too seriously.

Update 2: A new twist in the story emerges! Salon is reporting that Andrew W.K. was indeed invited to be a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department, but after further examination his invitation has since been retracted. A government spokesperson called the original invitation "a mistake and not appropriate." What a shame.

I'm glad that they actually took time to recover from the double-take on the idea, and act on it.

All I know about this guy is the song "party party party, party party party"...
and that he hosted the abysmally terrible and lazy Junkyard Wars ripoff called "Destroy, Build, Destroy" Cartoon Network tried forcing down our throats along with the Wannabee Japanese Show "Hole in the Wall" and equally abysmal Mythbusters ripoff called "Dude what would happen".

That is a legacy I'd think the US would rather not have remembered by those its trying to gain peace with.

awww ....

:( i'd have actually been interested to see how this panned out if it'd been real :/

Krantos:
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Seriously, WHAT?!

How... Who... WHAT!?

Who in their right mind would think this is a good idea?

I mean really,

MikeWehner:
show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying.

You want the guy who says THAT representing us?!?!?

Yes your predator drones are a far more accurate reprensentation of the general US populations belief of who should be representing the USA in the middle east :)

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