Senators slam Golden Globes for 'glamorizing' e-cigarettes during show

January 15 [Wed], 2014, 16:43
A group of senators on Tuesday sharply criticized a comedy bit during the Sunday broadcast of the Golden Globes that featured actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus puffing on an electronic cigarette, accusing the awards show of "glamorizing" the controversial devices.

"In light of studies showing that exposure to on-screen smoking is a major contributor to smoking initiation among youth, we are troubled e pipe 618 that these images glamorize smoking and serve as celebrity endorsements that could encourage young fans to begin smoking traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes," the lawmakers said in an open letter to the producers of show.

The senators ― Dick Durbin, D-IL, Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, Sherrod Brown, D-OH, and Edward J. Markey, D-MA ― called on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to "take action to ensure that future broadcasts" don't make light of the health risks associated with tobacco.

Louis-Dreyfus ― nominated at the ceremony for electronic smoking pipe her roles in the film "Enough Said" and the television series "Veep" ― was seen drawing from an "e-cigarette" and blowing smoke out of her mouth as part of a gag skewering haughty Hollywood behavior.

"She has really changed," co-host Amy Poehler deadpanned from the stage, as Louis-Dreyfus, wearing cat-eye sunglasses, caricatured a snooty star.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who took home a statuette for his performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street," could also be seen taking a drag from an e-cig during the broadcast.

The HFPA and NBC Universal electronic pipes did not have an immediate response to the letter.

NBC News' Kasie Hunt contributed to this report.
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