Via The Hill:
Senate Democrats were not amused to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus puffing away on an electronic cigarette during the Golden Globe Awards.
The lawmakers said the Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a fictional vice president on HBO’s “Veep,” helped glamorize smoking on the broadcast, and are pressing NBC Universal to ensure that the “e-cigarettes” are not featured again.
“The Golden Globes celebrates entertainers who are an influence on young fans,” the Democrats 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 letter was signed by Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Edward Markey (Mass.), and sent to NBC Universal CEO Stephen Burke and Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma.