The California lifeguards who were fired for filming a music video spoof will get their jobs back. The El Monte City Council voted Tuesday to rehire the thirteen guards and one supervisor, previously employed at the El Monte Aquatic Center.
The guards were terminated after posting their video, a lifeguard-focused parody of the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style,” on YouTube. According to reports, the guards claim it was done during nonworking hours and meant to be shared privately, but the city maintained that it was a miss-use of city property. The incident generated national headlines and social media chatter. The guards started a Facebook campaign and a Change.org petition to lobby for their jobs back. As of press time, the video had generated more than 2 million hits.