Fired El Monte lifeguards who made parody video plea for jobs
Video deemed as unauthorized use of facilities
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EL MONTE, Calif. - Dozens showed up at a city council meeting in El Monte Tuesday night to show support for the 13 lifeguards who fired for spoofing a music video.
KABC-TV Los Angeles reported that some of the 13 also spoke at the meeting. One of them pleaded for his job back and said that the punishment does not seem to fit the crime.
The trouble centers around a YouTube post parodying a popular music video called "Gangnam Style" by Korean singer PSY.
The music video has gone viral and has been copied by numerous groups around the country including cheerleaders and Navy sailors.
The city of El Monte fired the lifeguards saying the video was clearly an unauthorized use of a city facility and city uniforms.
KABC-TV Los Angeles reported that the El Monte's Mayor Andre Quintero has called for an independent review of the incident.
But Quintero said there will be no immediate decision made about rehiring the lifeguards and that it is ultimately up to the city manager.
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