The rock-star-cum-performance artist says he's being serious - wants to subvert the politcal system
Everyone thought he was joking when he announced he was forming a political party called the Party Party, but Andrew WK is taking his new venture very seriously – even though he launched it on April Fool’s Day.
In a statement released on Monday, the rocker, known for his hard-partying ways, followed up on his initial announcement from the previous week, and confirmed to the doubters that “first and foremost, the Party Party is absolutely real”.
He wrote: “For a long time now, I’ve pondered the possibility of somehow getting involved in governmental politics, but I wanted to find a way to participate without compromising my celebratory philosophy, or getting sucked into a whirlpool of traditional political career ambitions. I wanted to stay true to my vision of unifying joy, and still contribute something of value to the often distressing political landscape.
“Could we participate in politics and at the same time transcend it? Could we address the fundamental aspects of our shared national experience without engaging in endless dissonance and conflict? Could we work towards the liberation of the human spirit without succumbing to the temptations of an “us versus them” mentality? In other words, could we make a political party that put partying first and politics last? I thought it was time to try.”
He said that his next step is trying to get official recognition from the US State Department, which requires “considerable amounts of bureaucratic paperwork [and] legal requirements”.
He continued: “And even if the State Department ultimately rejects our application, or if we aren’t given full access to the halls of government by the political powers that be, I remain absolutely confident that The Party Party will keep growing, and keep partying.
“Maybe we actually can subvert the entire political system.”