Andrew W.K.: rocker, motivational speaker ... political revolutionary?
Looks like this one's not an early April Fools' prank, folks. Andrew W.K., the hard-partying personality behind 2001 rock 'n' roll anthem "Party Hard," has launched a semi-legitimate-seeming political party — the Party Party, of course.
The real-life Andrew Wilkes-Krier — who, at 36, is just old enough to be president — debuted the Party Party website on Wednesday. The movement bills itself as "an all-inclusive alternative to the traditional two party model." This video, a rallying cry for the politically disillusioned, went live yesterday:
The Party Party has already filed the "relevant paperwork with the Secretary Of State," W.K. says in the video, stressing that interested, ahem, parties should still sign a petition before the "formal journey into traditional politics."
Possibly relevant: W.K. pontificated on partying last September in an interview with City Pages:
"When I was trying to think of some things to dedicate myself to, I try to think of the most fun activity I could think of, and that’s always been partying. Most people understand the idea of partying, is that it’s fun and that it’s something that makes life good."
And here's the revolutionary platform of the Party Party, as it appears on the website:
"The Party Party is simple in its mission: To free the American people from the dysfunction that is our two party system. At best, bi-partisan politics has created an insurmountable divide that has separated the people into two categories of Democrat and Republican. The Party Party aims to provide an alternative to the divisive labeling of our current system. Most people have become too caught up in the bickering of our news cycles to realize that we ultimately desire the exact same things: reliable access to education, healthcare, and a sense of social equality. If enough people are willing to liberate themselves from choosing left or right, a third voice can emerge with a much more powerful message. A message that will open the eyes of our representatives and help them see that this “Us versus Them” mentality has kept our country from providing its people with a REAL sense of freedom. If we open our hearts and approach the problems we face with an open mind, real change can be achieved. We hope you will join us on this journey."