Senators slam Golden Globes for 'glamorization' of e-cigarettes

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Four congressmen didn’t find the humor in one of the funniest bits from Sunday night’s Golden Globes. A group of Democratic senators — Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, and Edward Markey — wrote a letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal taking issue with Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette during the telecast.

“The Golden Globes celebrates entertainers who are an influence on young fans,” they wrote. “We ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to take actions to ensure that future broadcasts of the Golden Globes do not intentionally feature images of e-cigarettes. Such action would help to avoid the glamorization of smoking and protect the health of young fans.”

The e-cigarette moment happened during hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s monologue, when they mentioned that Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for both TV (Veep) and movies (Enough Said) but chose to sit with the more glamorous film crowd. Cut to Louis-Dreyfus wearing shades, puffing on an e-cig, and refusing to take a selfie with Reese Witherspoon. Check out the GIF below:

Leonardo DiCaprio, who picked up a Golden Globe for The Wolf of Wall Street on Sunday night, could also be seen smoking an e-cigarette in the crowd.

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