The Village People just announced they are adding a new member to the group’s lineup — a hot Asian construction worker. James Kwong, a 6’2″ Chinese model and actor, will step into the steel-toed boots for the role and live out his best “YMCA” fantasies when the group goes on tour later this year.
The band’s original singer, Victor Willis, recently settled a decades-long lawsuit over his rights to the group’s hit songs. Willis is bringing together a new “macho man” crew to revive their classic hits in real life.
“I felt the former touring version of the group … looked old and tired,” Willis said. “So a revamp or repositioning of the group was required to bring it back into the mainstream. The addition of an Asian-American for the first time in the group’s history is part of that reposition.”
Kwong took to his Instagram to share the good news. In a video, he said:
Hi! My name is James Kwong and for those of you who don’t know me I’m an actor here in Los Angeles, California and I have officially just been announced as the new hot asian construction worker in The Village People by TMZ. I am the first Asian-American who has ever been in The Village People so this should be exciting. Our first show will be September 26 at the Streamy Awards here in Los Angeles, California followed by another show in October in Vegas. We will be starting our tour in Australia in December and I will be documenting a lot of this stuff. I hope you join me for the ride.
The new lineup is a mixture of both gay and straight members, which Willis said “has always been the case with the Village People.”
The rebooted Village People features Willis back as lead singer and cop/admiral, Josh Cartier as the leatherman, Edward Lopes as the GI, Chad Freeman as the cowboy, Angel Morales as the Native American and Kwong as the construction worker.