WK Chosen As Cultural Ambassador
No one would have blamed you for thinking that Andrew WK would be a one-hit wonder. His first album, I Get Wet, was a blast of seemingly lunk-headed, albeit ferocious, rock’n’roll that grabbed the attention of everyone from MTV to the punk kids at your local high school. While WK was always likeable, his longevity was something to be questioned, especially when taking into consideration his mantra of “Party.”
Here we are a decade later since that first album, and WK is as relevant as ever, doing speaking engagements, appearing on news stations (even Fox News!), and touring like a madman. If you think that those facts are mind-blowing, then I’m really about to screw with your head. According to Pitchfork, Andrew WK will be the Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East, chosen by the U.S. Department of State. This isn’t simply an in-title-only position because next month WK is heading off to Bahrain to visit elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, and music venues. All of this will be in the hopes of finding common ground in culture and putting emphasis on the similarities of our lifestyles rather than the differences.
In a statement WK said the following, “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. 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!”
I was, like I’m sure you are, shocked to hear this news because it’s rare the government has its hand correctly on the pulse of America. To choose WK means they did their homework in choosing a representative who actually represents the state of culture in the U.S. WK is a tall, greasy-haired rock star who has built a reputation of being one of the most positive artists on the planet, all in the spirit of partying. The irony here is that WK’s idea of “partying” is fairly removed from the standard you and I think of. If you’re not sure what I mean, there are a ton of YouTube videos of WK explaining the varying range of what partying means. If someone is going on a mission to change the world for the better, I have my faith in Andrew WK.