State Dept. supposedly names Andrew W.K. cultural ambassador to Middle East, reneges

Over the weekend, “international rock ‘n’ rolling motivational speaking TV entertaining nightclub owner” and avid party starter Andrew W.K. announced that he’d been tapped by the U.S. State Department to serve as cultural ambassador to the Middle East. The singer announced the news on his website:

Andrew says: “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!”

Some folks weren’t quite sure what to make of the news:

But partiers everywhere were thrilled at the prospect of Andrew W.K. sharing his lifestyle with the people of Bahrain:

Sadly, the excitement was short-lived.

Evidently they do not. Today, it was revealed that the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain officially rescinded the invitation, reportedly after deciding that Andrew W.K. should never have been invited in the first place:

For the record, the State Department insists that Andrew W.K. had not been selected for the trip to serve in any diplomatic capacity, but only to participate in a “cultural speakers program.” That program has been canceled.

As you’d expect, the fans are extremely disappointed:

But Andrew W.K. isn’t the type to throw in the towel:

So true.



  • yahneverknow

    Wow. Just… wow.

  • Nana26

    He probably would have broken several sharia laws and been flogged or worse.

  • Sincerely —

    There are just no words.

    • lillymckim

      Yes, ditto.

  • Super 88

    Perhaps the Department of State could find a way to investigate Benghazi while they’re at it.

    • michael s

      there are state department, FBI, CIA DOD and Senate investigations? Is that enough for you? Or for you just want Pres Obama Ambassador Rice only to suffer but no Biden Hillary or Panetta

  • Kevin Goettl

    Never heard of the bloke

  • orringtonmom (D)

    wow. dodged a bullet. people in the middle east might have stopped their USA lovefest. /sarc.

  • Let’em Crash

    So much awesome!

  • Mary123s

    I think he would have been a good rep…better than Kardashian. He was on Cartoon Network’s “destroy, build, destroy”…I’m not familiar with all of WK but I think he would have been respectful.

    And it would not have been so bad on the White House if they were honest with everything else like planning a budget, protecting our Embassy in Libya, actually allowing Americans to look at the bills before passing them like they promised, etc

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Problem is the typical US party-hearty attitude will get you killed in most middle-eastern countries. I personally witnessed in the “progressive” enclave of Dubai a pair of American party boyz get the shit beat out of them when locals dragged their foul-mouthed drunken asses around back of a sports bar and literally beat them down in the alley and kicked the crap out of them. So I say, “yeah, let him go.” While you’re at it can we also send all the gangsta rappers and sleaze peddlers who pass as “entertainers” too?? Pleeeaaaassssseeeee??????!!!!!!!!

  • Brent Guthrie

    Maybe Obama can appoint him as the “party” czar.

  • Brent Guthrie

    Maybe Obama can appoint him as the “party” czar.

  • coreopsis has set in

    Don’t be sad, AWK. Peewee Herman needs an opener for his “Spring Break in Somalia” cable special. Dude, those pirates know how to par-tayy!

  • coreopsis has set in

    Don’t be sad, AWK. Peewee Herman needs an opener for his “Spring Break in Somalia” cable special. Dude, those pirates know how to par-tayy!

  • Streetiebird

    He’s popular in Bahrain and the visit was the Bahrainis idea. He was going to promote partying and world peace.

  • Zefal

    State Department doesn’t have the money for security at our embassies but had the money to send this guy to Bahrain? And this guy would have gone to Bahrain on State Department dime if he hadn’t bragged about it. State Department only rescinded the trip after public exposure.

  • yahneverknow

    Andrew W.K. looks like Dave Grohl?

  • Jaynie59

    Andrew WK is a Muslim. Or he claimed to be the last time I saw him on Red Eye a couple of years ago. He apparently converted when he got married to a Muslim woman.
    Although if he really thought he could go party in a Muslim country my guess is he’s not quite up on how they “party” over there.
    He’d do more good in Dearborn Michigan. Hey, that’s an idea! He might actually get out alive. Maybe.