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Senate Democrats miffed about someone having fun, or something

posted at 7:58 pm on January 14, 2014 by

Because they’ve solved everything else, right?

Senate Democrats were not amused to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus puffing away on an electronic cigarette during the Golden Globe Awards.

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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.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an influence on young fans? On an HBO show about politics?  How about objecting to the nudity on Girls, or the violence and nudity on Game of Thrones?

Or how about paying attention to their own jobs instead — say, for instance, the disaster they foisted on America with ObamaCare? “Young fans” will be paying for that the rest of their lives.

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What the fast is wrong with these people? I don’t watch these celebrities celebrate themselves in what seems like a monthly ritual anymore, but good grief…STOP TRYING TO REGULATE EVERYTHING PEOPLE DO, CONGRESS.

scalleywag on January 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Don’t these same morons insist that violence in games and TV has no effect on youth?

phxconservative on January 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Obamacare easily has the potential to kill many more people than e-cigarettes ever will.

In fact e-cigarettes have the potential to save many lives. Mine among them.

Oxymoron on January 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Then make it illegal ya dingleberry. Oh yeah, it’s taxed out the wazoo. Fat chance!

Akzed on January 14, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Don’t these same morons insist that violence in games and TV has no effect on youth?

phxconservative on January 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM

…you betcha!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT PROHIBITED WILL BE MANDATORY.

Good Lt on January 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Of course the binging on gallons of Tattinger and Cristal champagne and endless glasses of scotch and vodka did nothing to corrupt “the children.” But one electronic cigarette will ruin a generation.

Spectreman on January 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Welcome to the totalitarian utopia.

zoyclem on January 15, 2014 at 7:36 AM

EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT MANDATORY WILL BE PROHIBITED.

Between me and Good Lt, we’ve got it all covered.

Ed Morrissey on January 15, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Was a similar letter sent to MTV after the Miley Cyrus gyrations?

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Democrats are now the Puritans.

Even though the Puritans weren’t that Puritan.

rbj on January 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

And a big hearty F U to the nanny staters!

Go the he11 away and LEAVE US ALONE! Isn’t it enough that you’ve ruined the country? You have to ruin everything else, as well?

F U

GWB on January 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Good thing the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body isn’t aware of this little scene from Seinfeld:

http://gifrific.com/elaine-benes-and-jerry-seinfeld-smoking-cigars/

(The Calzone, 1996)

Galtian on January 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A good 25% of the reason I want to get a pipe is to annoy people like those dems.

Spade on January 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

My brother picked up smoking as a Marine in Viet Nam. He would still smoke even after being diagnosed with emphazema (?). After seeing my wife effortlessly quit over a year ago using e-cigs I hooked him up. He no longer coughs up a lung when he laughs or climbs steps.

DanMan on January 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

What else did you expect from the party of hypocrisy?

sadatoni on January 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Do we have Julia’s ‘take’ on this, yet ?

I’d sure like to hear it.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Was a similar letter sent to MTV after the Miley Cyrus gyrations?

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

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Hey, that’s right . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT PROHIBITED WILL BE MANDATORY.

Good Lt on January 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

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EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT MANDATORY WILL BE PROHIBITED.

Between me and Good Lt, we’ve got it all covered.

Ed Morrissey on January 15, 2014 at 7:59 AM

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Boy, I dunno. Sounds awful “dictatorial” to me.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Ugh. Sounds like somebody took a recent tour of the Museum of Tolerance.

(btw, South Park clips come with an NSFW warning.)

pt on January 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“Young fans” weren’t watching without their parents permission or ambivalence. The broadcast was rated TV-14.

SaveFarris on January 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

“Misery loves company.”

/The wisest thing anyone ever told me.

MisterElephant on January 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I thought progressives were, I don’t know, interested in progress. As in displacing a health-destroying habit with one that does much less damage. Isn’t that progressing in the right direction in this age of government-controlled health care, saving us tax dollars and valuable medical resources and all that?

Sigh. I wonder what they would have said if she’s smoked a fake joint during the awards.

Socratease on January 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

If you think that there’s a limit to political correctness, you’re mistaken. The pansies & pajamaboys have taken over & won’t stop until somebody bitch slaps them.

RdLake on January 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

And they want her evicted because she buzzed up a jewel thief and put Canadian quarters in the washing machine.

Hat Trick on January 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Some of them Dems sure are taken with themselves, ain’t they?

BigAlSouth on January 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Just in case I want to “change teams”, are unprotected homo-sexual activities still ok? Tobacco/e-cigs also involve putting something in one’s body that they shouldn’t so why is there such a difference in societal treatment?

teejk on January 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Just remember that the donks are not totalitarian control freaks and that if they are its for their own good.

jukin3 on January 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Just wondering….would a letter have been written if the camera had found Dreyfus giving head to Jerry Seinfeld in the back row?

BobMbx on January 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

You are now free to follow our rules . . . or else.

Imrahil on January 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I’ll agree to banning images of E-Cigarettes on television if images of Senate Democrats are also banned.

JohnFLob on January 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM