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Leonardo DiCaprio’s vape pen has captured the Internet’s hearts and minds

Has the vape pen reached peak cool factor?


Aja Romano


Posted on Jan 31, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 7:09 am CDT

Two years after it was the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year, vaping may have just hit the limelight in a major way, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio‘s chill last night at the SAG Awards. 

While the actual awards ceremony provided a much-needed diverse counterpoint to the #OscarsSoWhite Academy Award nominations, DiCaprio stole the show by casually puffing a vape pen—that’s Advanced Personal Vaporizer to sticklers and “millennial bait” to the rest of us.

The actor also won his first “Outstanding Performance” SAG award thanks to his Oscar-nominated leading role as real-life badass Hugh Glass in The Revenant. But instead of wondering whether this means Leo’s Oscar curse will finally be broken, most of us were just divided about whether his vape pen is cool, romantic, or just plain douchey.

Team romance had plenty of daydreaming to do:

Team “Vaping Leo is Culturally Significant” also got plenty of cheerleaders:

But Team Douchebag also got in plenty of jeering:

While vape pens may be a very healthy alternative to smoking, they’re mostly a perennial source for public mockery. It looks like not even DiCaprio’s vape pen will be able to change that public perception. Maybe a few more vape-offs with Revenant and Inception co-star Tom Hardy will help?

Still, it’s nice to know that even if we lose the “Where is my Oscar?” Leo meme at the upcoming Academy Awards, “Where is my vape pen?” will be waiting in the wings.

H/T Uproxx | Screengrab via Kjersti Flaa/YouTube

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2016, 3:34 pm CST