Congressmen Rip Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Golden Globes E-Cigarette in Letter to NBCU's Steve Burke

Congressmen Rip Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Golden Globes E-Cigarette in Letter to NBCU's Steve Burke

“We were dismayed to see actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus featured on primetime television using an electronic cigarette,” says the letter

Two congressmen complained to NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke on Thursday about a Golden Globes awards stunt that featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette.
During the opening monologue of Sunday night's award show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked that Louis-Dreyfus was acting “too cool” for her television roots by opting to sit with the movie stars instead of TV stars. In a letter revealed Thursday, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the stunt glorified the smoking of e-cigarettes and could cause more children to smoke.

“Recently during the Golden Globe Awards, we were dismayed to see actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus featured on primetime television using an electronic cigarette,” said the letter.

“In the coming days and weeks, young people will be among the audience tuning in to the National Football League Divisional Championship games, Superbowl XLVIII, the 86th Academy Awards, and other high-profile broadcast events.  We write to call your attention to the public health concern of youth e-cigarette use and to urge your network to avoid sending the wrong message to kids about these products.”

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“Our view is that e-cigarettes should be subject to the same advertising and marketing rules that apply to cigarettes and that are designed to protect our children from the harms of tobacco use.  We would encourage you to consider adopting these policies.  At a minimum, e-cigarette advertisements should not be run during programming that attracts a large audience of children.”

The newest comments from members of congress came a day after four senators also questioned the smoking.

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In a letter to NBC Universal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reported on Tuesday, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; and and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass, urged NBC Universal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to take action to ensure that future broadcasts avoid the glamorization of smoking and protect the health of young fans.

  • Lodis

    A great example of congress wasting time trying gain attention rather than doing actual work.

  • Funny

    Paid off by the Tobacco Industry for years. So an electronic cigarette is the same as a tobacco cigarette. They are really well paid by Big Tobacco.

    • carmichale

      Exactly. Why would anyone be bothered by a woman smoking a “safer cigarette”?

  • TV101

    I have never been a huge fan of Julia L D, she is very talented just not my cup of tea but I will say this to the Congressman: Congressman GET BACK TO WORK ON REAL PROBLEMS FACING THIS COUNTRY, she is an actress it was a five second bit and how dumb to bother the actress, the network, HFPA or production with your dribble. What a waiste of time. Without even reading a statement from NBC I would guess with that merger and even before they have been mindful of anti smoking messages on the air. How utterly dumb to make an issue out if that brief sketch.

  • ted

    It was part of the joke!

  • Lewis K

    America to Congress: You Suck!

    you have a lot of other things to worry about!

  • keith stammers

    All the politicians, seem to want to gain a little free publicity jumping on the complaint bandwagon, these two must have been asleep as they are a little late, maybe they missed the programme but didn't want to miss the free publicity. Electronic cigarettes are a healthier, safer and more socially acceptable alternative to tobacco smoking and any celebrity that highlights that is doing the public a very positive service.

    • eschwa22

      What does the “more socially acceptable” have to do with it?

  • Ryan

    It's like the government has no interest in doing their jobs correctly, so they do their job's by acting like media review spokes people. Why don't you tackle big issues like the failing economy or the fact that no one is really doing anything about global warming anymore. That would make me proud to call some of these congress'men’ rulers of this country, instead of children.

    • eschwa22

      We can't legislate ourselves into prosperity. The best we can hope is Americans just start making their own jobs and businesses, instead of waiting for some faceless corporation to give them a job.

  • Philatonian

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn't make me want to light up, the Senate's reaction does. Well done.

  • Brian

    Aww, boo-who. Has anyone asked the congressman what kind of cookies they want after nap time?

  • John Phillips

    If Dreyfus is glorifying smoking with her public actions then isn't Congress glorifying irresponsible with theirs.

  • eschwa22

    Anytime our freedom and rights are attacked its “for the children”…