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

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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.

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  • Juan Be... bcarrera 2012/09/24 17:05:19
  • CrazyJason 2012/09/24 04:21:44
    Yes
    CrazyJason
    +1
    Everybody fires anybody for anything in this politically correct day & age.
  • harasnicole 2012/09/24 04:15:22
    Yes
    harasnicole
    +1
    Killjoys.
  • mizzSHADYgirl 2012/09/24 03:53:34
    Yes
    mizzSHADYgirl
    chill out
  • Jalex 2012/09/24 03:19:21
    No
    Jalex
    +2
    Simply because I was sick of this thing as soon as it started.
  • andrew.pullman1 2012/09/24 02:52:06
    No
    andrew.pullman1
    I mean yes
  • s2k 2012/09/24 02:51:24
    Yes
    s2k
    Sure give them back their jobs. But that gangnam stuff was cool for about 15 minutes - now its passé.
  • dede 2012/09/24 02:27:56
    Yes
    dede
    They didn do anythi g wring. They just enjoyed them selves making a illy video.
  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/09/24 02:27:28
    Yes
    Just Jenn for Now
    +2
    I would LOVE to work with someone as FUN as them!! Tell them to apply where I work!! Haha
  • Derbyhat 2012/09/24 02:16:52 (edited)
    Yes
    Derbyhat
    +2
    Yes, they must be reinstated so Obama can could those jobs twice!



    You really have to wonder if the person who fired them has himself or herself misused city resources. Almost every government official I know of or have read about has done something, maybe just something trivial. I found an U.S.Government ballpoint pen a few months back that used just before I retired from military service in 1990. Perhaps I should not have said that as it gives Eric Holder opportunity to drop 'saving the country' to nail my hide to the wall.



    In comparison to the GSA blowout, what percentage value is actually placed on what they used? One millionth?
  • Daryl 2012/09/24 01:35:19
    No
    Daryl
    +4
    How are these midgets supposed to save anyone from drowning?
  • Icon 2012/09/24 01:12:09
    Yes
    Icon
    +2
    This is California were the Fire Department and Police did nothing to stop a man from downing but let let some Life Guards make a video and they are all too quick to fire them.
    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/st...
  • shrfu31 2012/09/24 00:48:01
    Yes
    shrfu31
    +2
    Guess someone doesn't like K-Pop.
  • Keith 2012/09/24 00:46:23
    Yes
    Keith
    +2
    Warn them not to do it again if its a problem.
  • Cammi 2012/09/24 00:33:29
    Yes
    Cammi
    +5
    ANYBODY WHO LUVS GANGNAM IS COOL!!!!
  • mwf122090 2012/09/24 00:30:30
    Yes
    mwf122090
    +1
    As far as I can tell, no one was drowning in any of these videos, so it's not like they were doing this when they had to be watching people in the pool. I would probably never had heard of El Monte, CA if it wasn't for this video...just saying.
  • The Winter Sodahead 2012/09/24 00:25:12
    Yes
    The Winter Sodahead
    +2
    Impromptu Gangnam Style parodies should be required for every job.
  • Chandler 2012/09/24 00:10:50
    Yes
    Chandler
    +1
    Whats Gangnam Style?
  • Cammi Chandler 2012/09/24 00:35:59
    Cammi
    +5
    Gangnam style is a Korean song and dance. We can't understand 99% of what he says and he is still better than Justin Beiber. WAAAAY better!
  • Cthulhu 2012/09/23 23:55:08 (edited)
    Yes
    Cthulhu
    +13
    Pretty much a shame to fire such a lively, fun, group of people.

    pretty shame fire lively group
  • AskZilla 2012/09/23 23:52:52
    Yes
    AskZilla
    +3
    El Monte LIfeguards? El Monte is 45 miles from the nearest beach in Southern California
  • Chocola... AskZilla 2012/09/24 03:33:09
    ChocolateThunder
    It appears to be a water park.
  • YourCompanionCube 2012/09/23 23:38:03
    Yes
    YourCompanionCube
    +2
    WTF? Free Speech = Dead. I'd hardly call it offensive. It's like an Homage.
  • WTF 2012/09/23 23:29:59
    Yes
    WTF
    +2
    Good grief... Good working kids having fun not drinking, drugging WTF people. Typical City officials invading their lives and they are hurting those kids. Fight back!!
  • ♥dreamer-leigh♥ 2012/09/23 23:22:00
    Yes
    ♥dreamer-leigh♥
    +2
    Sure just having fun...no harm, no foul. CA is too extreme in everything!! Leave the kids alone
  • BlackNeko 2012/09/23 23:15:40 (edited)
  • Dave0626 2012/09/23 23:08:56
    Yes
    Dave0626
    +4
    Hey, they're just kids having a lil fun! Maybe they should have asked the El Monte officials for permission. Could have gave them a warning write up or dock their pay...But then California IS a police state and not fun anymore. Only the 'Hollywierd elite' can do what they want.
    But I like this video better anyway...

  • Glfer65 2012/09/23 23:03:03
    Yes
    Glfer65
    +3
    Here we go again. Government fu*king up people's lives and have their inflated ego's butt hurt. The people of El Monte need to work up a total recall of all the officials. Give them something to chew on when the people tell them they are fired!
  • GG 2012/09/23 22:56:30
    No
    GG
    +2
    They didn't ask permission.
    Even though no one was in the pool, they are not there to have fun, they are there to work. They got what they asked for imo.
  • Glfer65 GG 2012/09/23 23:04:22
    Glfer65
    +3
    If this was their first offense they should have gotten a warning. Not fired! These officials have their egotistic heads so far up their ass they can't take a crap.
  • Michelle GG 2012/09/24 19:16:09
    Michelle
    Nobody has said they were doing this during working hours. They probably did it when they weren't on duty. If this meant after hours, I can understand some sort of lighter punishment (as it was probably a first offense), but this could have very well been filmed on slow days in which the lifeguards came as patrons and donned their swimsuit for filming (which, again, I can understand a lighter punishment for doing), in which they would have been there for fun, not work.
  • seahawk665 2012/09/23 22:50:48
    Yes
    seahawk665
    +1
    It was harmless: just some people out having a good time.
  • 3414503 2012/09/23 22:43:37
  • Dweezle 2012/09/23 22:36:56 (edited)
    Yes
    Dweezle
    They were part time employees, That created a spoof video, was it on their own time? but used city public resources, (A Public Pool)

    I wonder how the video came to the attention of the city management? was some other employee surfing you tube on city time using city computers & network bandwidth?

    I wonder if there was any relationship to this and that the heavy influx of Chinese immigrants to the San Gabriel Valley replacing the Latin community? Let me see, the El Monte City Council has 4 members with Latin Surnames and one with an (eastern) Indian Surname, Population is 69% Hispanic and roughly 26% Asian, the surrounding more affluent communities seem to have a much higher percentage of Asians, which has been growing at an extremely fast pace. I am curious if this had any relationship to their decision?
  • ItsKianaaaXOXO 2012/09/23 22:36:02 (edited)
    Yes
    ItsKianaaaXOXO
    +2
    If I was the one being fired I would've been like



    gangnam style gif

    gangnam style gif
  • Cricket 2012/09/23 21:50:14
    Yes
    Cricket
    +1
    Absolutely!
  • Dyonus 2012/09/23 21:39:27
    Yes
    Dyonus
    +2
    I don't see what the big deal was. They were on break.
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/09/23 21:20:50
    Yes
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    +3
    can't do anything in California without breaking some regulation, law, ordinance, or code.
  • Marc m 2012/09/23 21:19:18
    No
    Marc m
    +1
    I'M OLD & I don't get it but Heavens NO! It looks like young people having fun. Maybe El Monte would have let them slid if they made a video mocking Christ. That's usually O.K. in this world gone MAD
  • baboula 2012/09/23 21:17:09
    Yes
    baboula
    +2
    city resources? What the water?

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