NBCUniversal Inc. is feeling the heat from congressional Democrats after comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus's on-air use of an electronic cigarette during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday left them fuming.
Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, as well as Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, this week chastised NBCUniversal for broadcasting the "Veep" star's e-cigarette puffing.
The House members wrote in a letter Thursday to NBCUniversal that they were "dismayed" by the Golden Globes gag in which Louis-Dreyfus dragged on an e-cigarette after hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked that that the actress was now better than television actors due to her nomination for a film award. NBCUniversal, a Comcast Corp. company, should at a minimum ban e-cigarette advertisements during shows that draw a large audience of children to "avoid sending the wrong message to kids about these products," they wrote.