Juliet Gilek, one of the 14 El Monte California lifeguards fired for making “Lifeguard Style”, a You Tube video parody of K pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, reached out today to more than 17,000 fans on Bring Back the 14 El Monte Lifeguards, a Facebook page started September 6 after the lifeguards and one manager were fired for using the facility for private use and wearing their lifeguard uniforms in public.
In her post, Gilek, who goes by Juliet Rose on Facebook, invites supporters to attend the El Monte city council meeting this Tuesday, October 2.
“The more we go and ask about it the more they will want to get rid to this problem and realize that they can’t just sweep this under the rug,” explains Gilek. “I have tried for 2 jobs that I am overly qualified for and didn’t get them cause I had to explain how a 6 year job fired me… It’s really hard…. So please stay behind us and be there with us on Tuesday October 2 at 7 PM and be there to support and show that we aren’t going away.”
The 14 lifeguards and their video, which has been viewed more than 1,800,000 times on You Tube, have drawn supporters from around the world. With over 17,000 “likes” on Facebook and more than 15,000 signatures on their online petition, their support base is growing, and includes Korean pop star Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” video inspired the lifeguards to make their own version.
In an MTV interview with the Korean pop star, Psy showed his support for the fired lifeguards by way of a plea directed El Monte mayor, Andre Quintero.
“I’m begging you to do not fire, please,” Psy implored.
Messages offering support are posted to both Facebook and Petition pages, and on September 28, fired lifeguard Bianey Munoz posted on Bring Back the 14 El Monte Lifeguards, that she had received a message from the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) providing the senator’s contact information and instructions for requesting assistance with a federal agency in opening a formal inquiry.