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El Monte Lifeguards Fired for 'Gangnam Style' Parody: Should They Be Reinstated?

SodaHead Music 2012/09/23 19:14:11
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El Monte, California's lifeguards seem to have a great sense of humor. But, apparently, the El Monte government does not. According to The Los Angeles Times, 14 part-time employees recent lost their jobs as El Monte lifeguards because they participated in a music video spoof of South Korean rapper Psy's smash hit "Gangnam Style." Their offense: using city resources without permission to make an "unauthorized video."

The parody titled "Lifeguard Style" is patterned like the original music video, only with male and female lifeguards reenacting it in the pool area. The video has over 1.6 million views to date. Because of the video's viral status, the story of the lifeguards' firing has gone national and global, leading to thousands supporting them on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites.

Even Psy wonders why El Monte officials haven't reinstated the lifeguards, who have a groundswell of support. On Tuesday, when the lifeguards went to plead for their jobs to the City Council, hundreds showed up at the chambers for support. Many have argued that "Lifeguard Style" is a harmless spoof that has actually brought rare attention to El Monte. City officials disagree.

Read More: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/fire...

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  • Florence Doucet 2012/12/04 02:45:32
    Yes
    Florence Doucet
    The city should have used the opportunity for free PR.
  • realist 2012/12/03 12:23:43
    No
    realist
    That.was.terrible.
  • Rodimus Knight 2012/12/02 09:20:41
    Yes
    Rodimus Knight
    Should they have been punished yes, but fired, no

    You can't just put an add out and get 14 trained and qualified candidates to be life guards, it well cost the city $10,000s to replace them
  • duns 2012/10/24 09:00:22 (edited)
    Yes
    duns
    +1
    Why fire them just because they:



    wrong


    HEEEEEEEEYY SEXY LAAAADY OP, OP, OP, OP... OPPA GANGNAM STYLE! XD
  • Madara.Uchiha!! 2012/10/16 07:27:14
    Yes
    Madara.Uchiha!!
    +1
    Depending if it's rude or offensive to others
  • CourtReneeBrand 2012/10/14 02:29:44
    Yes
    CourtReneeBrand
    +1
    yes cuz they was just having fun and thats stupid
  • lover.saraa 2012/09/26 20:52:58
    Yes
    lover.saraa
  • pops 2012/09/24 19:12:09
    Yes
    pops
    +1
    And whomever fired them should be fired.It's shamefull when the small minded minority rules the majority now a days.That's what happens when mental institutions are shut down.
  • Michelle 2012/09/24 19:05:34
    Yes
    Michelle
    +1
    I haven't followed this story, but as long as they didn't do it during their working hours when they were supposed to be supervising the pool or whatever, they were doing absolutely nothing wrong.

    The article linked describes "city resources" as, " namely distinctive red lifeguard swimwear and the city pool itself." If they were doing it when they should have been working, you would think someone would point that out because it would be essential to the story. Wearing their lifeguard swimsuits and using a public location to film a video?

    That's not really a big enough offense to be outright fired over. Sure, a slap on the wrist punishment, I could understand, but it's not worth loosing a job over. Especially because the video is in good fun and does not put a bad light on the city nor the facility.
  • chrissy 2012/09/24 19:03:43
    Yes
    chrissy
    +2
    Employers are getting wayyyy too serious, no one was in danger and no one got hurt, but these ppl needed a way to release stress and this was a completely harmless way to do so
  • thefatguy 2012/09/24 18:37:40
    Yes
    thefatguy
    +1
    Yes. What they did was technically not right, but in the final analysis, it was pretty harmless. Still, they should be punished with temporary suspensions to set an example - basically a slap on the wrist for not getting permission.
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/09/24 18:26:02 (edited)
    No
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    absolutely not...

    they arent being paid to have fun, make videos, waste city dollars, & chill in the jacuzzi


    edit:

    drowning at El Monte Aquatic Center in 2006

    http://articles.latimes.com/2...
  • Michelle yabbada... 2012/09/24 19:07:00
    Michelle
    +1
    What city dollars have been wasted? The article linked said that the resources were the swimsuits and the property. If they were on the clock at the time of filming, I'm sure it would have been mentioned somewhere.
  • pops yabbada... 2012/09/24 19:20:13
    pops
    +1
    A little enlightenment at work makes for better employees.Takes away the stress of boredom,you old grouch,get a job you might learn something about humans other than yourself.
  • yabbada... pops 2012/09/24 19:28:57
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    go work in a circus ... bye
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/09/24 17:44:29
    Yes
    SOUL4REAL
    +1
    Yes,give them back they job because they were just having "Fun"!!
  • Shadow Wolf 2012/09/24 17:20:24
    Yes
    Shadow Wolf
    +2
    oh gosh!! they got fired for enjoying themselves..im pretty sure that they are very good life guards and will save a life if needed...omg..this world is comin to an end..soon this will be a communist world..where smiles will land u in jail
  • alex 2012/09/24 17:16:16 (edited)
  • yabbada... alex 2012/09/24 18:27:09
    yabbadabbadoo
    +2
    i wonder what they were suppose to be doing while video taping this nonsense
  • alex yabbada... 2012/09/24 21:21:21
    alex
    +2
    Exactly.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/09/24 17:13:04
    Yes
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +3
    Ahhh... the modern American workplace, where you get fired for enjoying your job.
  • yabbada... Beat Ma... 2012/09/24 18:27:38
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    no, where you get fired for not doing your job....get it correct!
  • Juan Belaunde 2012/09/24 17:06:38
  • Red 2012/09/24 16:51:11
    Yes
    Red
    +2
    Getting fired for something such as this? A warning may be initiated instead of getting fired..
  • Mud 2012/09/24 16:44:09
    Yes
    Mud
    +3
    Yeah, it was a joke video, and pretty funny too. I'm sure no one drowned because the lifeguards were too busy making this video..
  • yabbada... Mud 2012/09/24 18:29:07
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    you go play jokes on someone elses time and dime
  • pops yabbada... 2012/09/24 19:15:31
    pops
    +1
    Go drink your kool aide and get over it.
  • yabbada... pops 2012/09/24 19:23:29
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    i dont drink toxic FD&C colors but thanks anyways
  • Lerro DeHazel 2012/09/24 16:05:41
    Yes
    Lerro DeHazel
    +1
    I love to see Asian gals dancing like that; but you can have the rest of it .. . . .
  • yabbada... Lerro D... 2012/09/24 18:29:45
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    pervert
  • Lerro D... yabbada... 2012/09/24 18:47:13
    Lerro DeHazel
    +2
    Definitely NOT as a male; I'm not . . . However, if I would have any interest in watching a man dance, in that same fashion, I would actually be classified as being a SEXUAL PERVERT; and before such became so highly-politicized for $-Reasons, it was ACTUALLY AGAINST THE LAW!!!! . . . .
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/09/24 15:53:20
  • yabbada... Alexand... 2012/09/24 18:30:25
    yabbadabbadoo
    well yeah thats what happens when you dont do your job you get fired...what planet do you live on?
  • Alexand... yabbada... 2012/09/24 19:54:45
  • Kurt 2012/09/24 15:44:00
    No
    Kurt
    +1
    If they are a problem child like they sound like they are, then no. They aren't being payed to look like a ass, they are payed to work.
  • Greg 2012/09/24 15:36:33
    Yes
    Greg
    +2
    They may have broken the rules, but an outright termination isn't warranted in this case.
  • y so serious 2012/09/24 15:27:40
    Yes
    y so serious
    Their elevator guy's legit.

    And the girls can bend ;)
  • yabbada... y so se... 2012/09/24 18:30:56 (edited)
    yabbadabbadoo
    another perv like the one above...get your mind outta the gutter
  • y so se... yabbada... 2012/09/24 21:58:54
    y so serious
    +1
    Uh if they were put in the video doing said things, can my mind be in the gutter? Really? Thats like saying what happens in James Bond movies makes me a perv
  • Dub 2012/09/24 14:47:03
    Yes
    Dub
    +1
    That depends tho, is the pool area a public or private pool? If its a public pool and they didn't restrict access for other people to use it as they were shooting the video, and when they made the video they were not on the clock and at the pool legally and paid up if there is a fee, then the town has no right to fire them.

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