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Celebrities might have plenty of fun at the Golden Globes, but a group of senators did not like the kind of fun they were having. In a letter to Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC, they slammed the awards for glamorizing the use of electronic cigarettes, like the one Julia Louis-Dreyfus was seen using as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about her.
The letter was signed by Senators Dick Durbin (Illinois); Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut); Sherrod Brown (Ohio); and Edward Markey (Massachusetts), notes The Washington Post. Although there was plenty of ill-advised behavior during the awards (including Emma Thompson and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs looking intoxicated onstage), the e-smoking by Louis-Dreyfus and Leonardo DiCaprio really ticked the politicians off.
“Throughout the country and the world, people tune in to watch fashionable actors on the red carpet, enjoy the show, and root for their favorite films and actors,” the Senators’ letter reads. “Unfortunately, this year, many young viewers saw notable displays of e-cigarette use throughout the awards show, including the opening monologue and repeated shots of celebrities smoking e-cigarettes.”
The senators pointed out that studies show how impressionable young people can be when they see those they admire smoking, adding, “...We are troubled that these images glamorize smoking and serve as celebrity endorsements that could encourage young fans to begin smoking traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes.”
The senators want the HFPA and NBCUniversal, which broadcast the ceremony, to take measures next year to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Indeed, a movement against e-cigarettes in public places have begun, including in New York City, where the city council approved a ban on e-smoking in public.