How many Hollywood starlets do you think were stoned during the Oscars?
We know there was at least one cannabis connoisseur in the crowd, (Leo we’re looking at you), but it seems when it comes to weed the award show wants no association.
Last week, the Academy filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles marketing firm Distinctive Assets which for the second year included marijuana vape pens in its Oscar-themed swag bag for the stars.
The firm has no affiliation with the Academy or the awards ceremony, but that didn’t stop them from distributing their bags as "The 14th Annual 'Everyone Wins' Nominee Gift Bags” in honor of the Academy Awards®.”
With the #OscarsSoWhite controversy still very much in the headlines, it seems the less-than-wholesome media coverage the swag bag has generated rubbed a nerve with the Academy, who said the marketing of the bags without a disclaimer infringes on its trademarks.
Besides the $250 Haze Dual V3 portable vaporizer, swag bags included a $250 sex toy, $5,500 in plastic surgery gift certificates and a $1,900 “vampire breast lift,” a 15-minute procedure where a doctor draws the patient's blood, extracts platelet-rich plasma, and then injects the platelets back into the breasts offering a more perky look.
Traditionally, Oscar swag bags have been the consolation prize for high-profile presenters and nominees stuffed with with expensive jewelry, luxury gadgets, first class vacations, and other high-end products.
But in 2006, the feds stepped in taxing the Academy an undisclosed amount. The Academy then discontinued official gift bags, opening up the market for companies like Distinctive Assets.
This year’s bag was the most expensive yet, valued at more than $200,000. In fact, swag bags pack so much value, the IRS began taxing its celeb recipients.
Among the goodies given to the Oscar nominees for acting, directing and host Chris Rock was $275 toilet paper, a 15-day walking tour of Japan, a lifetime supply of face cream (valued at $31,200), and a luxury trip to Israel which was also met with controversy considering the long-standing conflicts in the Middle East.
An organization called Artists for Palestine US is urging gift bag recipients to, “give your bag to a Palestinian refugee.”