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 Today, it was revealed that the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain officially rescinded the invitation, reportedly after deciding that Andrew W.K. should never have been invited in the first place: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.