Please Let Scarlett Johansson Kill the Marine Corps Ball Trend

It all started when both Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake received public YouTube invitations to attend the November Marine Corps Ball. When they actually accepted, Marines seemed to realize they had a hell of an opportunity at hand, and the A-lister invites have been nonstop ever since. The latest celebrity to receive a video invitation to the ball from a smitten sergeant is Scarlett Johansson, who joins a growing crowd of stars put on the spot to come up with a PR-savvy response.

After all, how a celeb reacts to their Marine Corps Ball invite seems to be very important, judging by how Mila Kunis was nearly tarred and feathered when the rumor spread that she might not be able to attend after all.


Betty White earned accolades for the polite way she declined her invitation ("I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform"), while Linda Hamilton suddenly became relevant again when she gallantly offered to replace White ("Rumor has it you like your actresses vintage," she told Sgt. Ray Lewis in her own YouTube response).

In comparison, Miley Cyrus has remained silent on Private First Class Hart's patriotic plea for her to be his date. Probably because she's too busy doing salvia bong hits and comparing her teeth to Chiclets.

As for ScarJo, her invitation from Sgt. Dustin L. Williams was a bit more creative than most:

While I think I'd have said said yes (mrrrrrrrrrooow, Seargent!), Johansson issued a public statement saying that although she was honored, due to prior commitments, she could not attend. She added,

I am sending you a case of Moët and Chandon with gratitude. In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation.

Classy, but good grief, when will this all end? I'm just saying, it's like the armed forces has Hollywood in a death grip and is planning to ruthlessly grind out invitation after invitation until every celebrity has been forced to do a huddle with their PR team to strategize the perfect response. The Kunis/Timberlake thing was sort of cute (except you know damn good and well they would have happily ignored their invitations if they hadn't received so much media attention), but at this point, it just feels like a lame bunch of posturing from a few Marines who are hoping for a little attention, and stars who don't want to look bad.
In fact, I'm not even going to point out the seven other stars who currently have invitations addressed to them, in the hope that Johansson will kill the trend. Nothing at all against Marines, mind you, I'm just sick of hearing about this particular fad. Plus, at this rate, there will be so many stars and paparazzi at the ball, the actual Marines won't be able to get in.

Are you over the Marine Corps Ball invitations?

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