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El Monte City Council to vote on rehiring 'Gangnam Style' lifeguards

An El Monte lifeguard is seen underwater during a video the group made using the popular 'Gangnam Style' song. The lifeguards were later fired for making the video.
October 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A group of El Monte lifeguards fired for spoofing a popular Korean music video has a shot at getting their jobs back.

Their video was posted on YouTube.com. It depicts them performing a spoof of "Gangnam Style," a popular song and music video by Korean pop artist Psy. Their video is called "Lifeguard Style."

The 13 lifeguards and their manager were fired last month for wearing their uniforms and using the city's aquatic center without authorization to shoot the video. The firing sparked outrage in the community. A recent city council meeting was packed with people supporting the terminated lifeguards.

El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero says there's a formal vote scheduled for October 17 to decide whether to re-hire the lifeguards. Quintero said he would urge the city council to hire the 13 lifeguards.


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