Lifeguards Get Fired After Making ‘Gangnam Style’ Parody
Fourteen lifeguards remain unemployed after being fired for making a video take-off of the hit viral video “Gangnam Style” by Korean rapper Psy. The California lifeguards say their lighthearted video was simply misunderstood. The video certainly looks innocent enough.The 14 lifeguards, employed by the city of El Monte, Calif., say they used their break time to make a spoof of the mega-hit video that, since being posted on YouTube two months ago, has been viewed more than 200 million times.
But the tribute video called ”Lifeguard Style” ended up sinking the lifeguards. They were all fired. The City of El Monte issued a statement saying there was “a clear unauthorized use of city resources and property, including the use of city facilities and city-issued uniforms during the making of this unauthorized video.”
Juliet Gilek was fired after working as a lifeguard and instructor for six years. She told CBS News, “I was in shock. Because I really didn’t think that it would escalate to termination. … I loved what I did. I loved teaching the kids. I loved making sure everybody was safe. So I would never have wanted to hurt the pool in any way. This was just a fun thing to capture our memories with.”