El Monte Council to Review Lifeguard Firings Over "Gangnam Style"-Inspired Video

Fourteen El Monte lifeguards were fired after a celebratory end-of-summer "Gangnam Style" spoof

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    Fourteen staffers of the El Monte Aquatic Center were terminated after they used a city pool to make a parody of the Internet sensation video "Gangnam style" from Korean pop star PSY, at right.

    A group of Southern California lifeguards fired after they made a video spoof of the song "Gangnam Style" attended a city council meeting Tuesday night at which their possible reinstatement was scheduled for discussion.

    The 7 p.m. El Monte City Council meeting continued late into the evening and was expected to wrap up around 10 p.m., according to reporters in the chambers.

    The council is scheduled to consider reinstatement of the 14 lifeguards who shot the video -- "Lifeguard Style" has more than 2 million views on YouTube -- at a municipal aquatic center. Pool supervisors cited a policy that bars misuse of municipal property when they fired the lifeguards.

    Mayor Andre Quintero asked city staff to bring back a motion to have the lifeguards reinstated while a review of the firings is conducted.

    The lifeguards received support on Facebook and from the creator of "Gangnam Style" -- rapper PSY -- after the firings. Participants said they made the video to celebrate a summer of working at the pool.

    Other council members have not objected to the mayor's call to consider reinstatement. An outside investigator is conducting a review of the video and resulting firings.