WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has
decided that "party til you puke" may not be the best message
for the embattled Gulf state of Bahrain.
U.S. rock musician Andrew W.K., a self-proclaimed "king of
partying," said on his website that the State Department and the
U.S. Embassy in Bahrain had invited him as a "cultural
ambassador" to visit elementary schools, a university and music
The State Department on Monday said someone in Bahrain had
approached the embassy about possible co-sponsorship of the trip
but U.S. diplomats had second thoughts after reviewing W.K's
catalog, which includes songs such as "Party Til You Puke,"
"Girls Own Juice" and "Party Hard."
"That was initially approved and then when more senior
management at the embassy took a look at this, the conclusion
was that this was not an appropriate use of U.S. government
funds," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on
Monday in response to a question.
"The conclusion was when they looked at the body of his work
that we didn't need to be part of this invitation," Nuland said.
"There may have been some preliminary conversations with him but
he is not going to be going to Bahrain on the U.S. government's
The rocker's website announcement was updated with a red
banner headline reading "Canceled by the U.S. State Dept."
Bahrain, a close U.S. ally in the culturally conservative
Middle East, has been rocked by political unrest following last
year's government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
The State Department regularly sponsors artistic and sports
groups on trips to promote cultural ties. The U.S. Embassy in
Bahrain last month sponsored a hip hop program with visiting
U.S. dancers and artists, according to its website.
(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Jim Loney)