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Watch the 'Gangnam Style' spoof video that got El Monte lifeguards fired

A screen shot of El Monte lifeguards spoofing a Korean viral music video.
A screen shot of El Monte lifeguards spoofing a Korean viral music video.

Several lifeguards in El Monte were fired this week after they shot a video of their own spoof of the viral music video "Gangnam Style" by South Korean rapper PSY.

The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the lifeguards dancing and swimming to “Gangnam Style.” Check it out below.

Former lifeguard supervisor Daniel Surmenian told NBCLA the city didn’t explain why he was fired.       

“They actually didn’t elaborate why they thought it was offensive, they just said it was. So I’m assuming that’s why — maybe some of the dance moves,” Surmenian said.

The lifeguards say they made the video in their off-time, but in a city pool and in their lifeguard swimwear.

A statement from the city notes the video was an unauthorized use of city resources and property.  

“While the City of El Monte cannot comment on the specifics of this situation because it involves personnel issues, we can say that each of the employees dismissed were either part-time and/or seasonal at-will employees, who upon their employment, were each required to acknowledge and sign an Acknowledgement that states that they would ‘under no circumstances use any city property for his/her own private use or benefit. Such unauthorized use shall be cause for disciplinary action,'" Robert Alaniz, a spokesman for the city of El Monte wrote.