Betty White can't attend Marine Corps ball
July 18th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Betty White can't attend Marine Corps ball

Sorry Sgt. Ray Lewis - Betty White can't accept your invitation to the Marine Corps ball!

Although Lewis' fellow Marines had luck using YouTube to land Marine Corps ball dates with celebrities, it didn't work out this time.

“I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform," White says in a statement. "But unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of 'Hot In Cleveland.' Love, Betty White.”

Lewis - like Sgt. Scott Moore and Cpl. Kelsey de Santis before him, who successfully asked out Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, respectively - got plenty of attention with his video invite.

The Marine (who cranks out a few sit-ups beforehand) introduces himself and says, "I figured since we have one Marine asking Mila Kunis out to the Marine Corps Ball, and we have another Marine asking out Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball, I figured, hey why not?...I would like to take Betty White."

The 89-year-old actress is Lewis' dream date because "she's funny, she's sweet, she's mature. She's the all-around perfect woman."

Holding a red rose, Lewis says he thinks he can offer White a good time. "I think I could make her laugh, I think she could make me laugh, I think we could laugh together."

Unfortunately, it looks like Lewis will now have to turn to someone else for his jokes.

Filed under: Betty White • Celebrities

soundoff (383 Responses)
  1. nlw


    July 21, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. ron

    betty white turn down the invitation coz she is not promoting any movies. this is just a promotional stunt by timberlake and that kunis girl. so next time you want to ask some famous actors or actress on a date, wait till they have a movie coming out.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trazey34

    awwww kind of adorable! go Betty!

    July 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike B

    Mila Kunis got permission to miss work for one day to attend........She's flying in and flying out........Why can't Betty ??

    July 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asgardshill

    Rumor has it that actress Linda Hamilton will be standing in for Betty White as this young man's date. Bravo.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dirty Joe

    This last guy took the joke a little too far.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bolaji09

    Yo, serge! You new to the history of good ol' U.S.A??? You could've done much better for posterity with this brief shot at fame. Here's hoping you prep YOUR kids a bit better. Thank you for your service.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. MarineLeo

    Enough of everyones political banter and personal insults! Fact of the matter is Sgt Lewis asked Betty White to the Marine Ball. From one Marine Sergeant to another, best of luck to you brother!

    July 20, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. cj

    She's not going on no date with a black young male. Its not like she has men lined up better take what she can get and he's just as dumb.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cj

    @Joe problem is when they are not at "war" they are here in the bars and clubs acting a nut and as soon as they leave the wives are in the clubs doing god knows what. My thing is they do get paid so its not like they are volunteering and they signed up for it. Hello so earn your keep. I have a friend that think they are god and me I just look at them like anyone else. My grandpa who was a buffalo soldier fought for my freedom and those his age.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kyle

    Marines are the biggest posers in the land. They rarely do anything unless it gets them in the spotlight or gives them publicity. They are the celebrity wannabes of the military. You have seen young whites dressing up like rappers. These are posers. That is what marines are to the military.

    July 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Betty you just got to go. This man is in shape and could show you a good time after the Ball.
    p.s. Lets let some Air Force or Coast Guard personel make some video's

    July 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*gayl

    Take my granddaughter, She is in the navy!

    July 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Notaclue

    Why would a marine ask Barry White to the ball? Isn't he dead?

    July 19, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Betty White go to the Ball

    "I will be taping an episode of 'Hot In Cleveland.'"

    Not a good enough excuse

    July 19, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  16. nat

    C'mon, "two Marines are enough", "this needs to stop?" Do you narrow-minds realize there are over 240,000 Marines and you are sick and tired of "two"? This certainly isn't the America of our parents.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  17. Matt hill

    Let me guess, he will use the race card.

    July 19, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. smartalec

    Maybe she can attend the Marine's Other Ball? I'm not sure where that is 🙂


    July 19, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  19. oleg

    6th Mountain Division is Army. We are talking about marine scuuumbaagz. Marines are whhiiiiny babies that always need a pat on the back. Those in the Army, Navy, and Air Force dont require that They are the real heroes. They do their job proudly and quietly. Marines are all cryyyybaaabies needing attention.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Erika

    I'll go with you 🙂

    July 19, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. rose nyeland

    Love Betty White! What a class act! Any marine or anyone else for that matter should be lucky to get a date with her!

    July 19, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  22. donnamae

    I can see why Betty would want to be a real trooper and stay in town to film Hot In Cleveland. Heck! She's the only thing great about the show! It would be canceled without her. You go, girl! (19:00 bedtime...I doubt it)

    July 19, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  23. charlie crack

    My brother is in afghanistan 9th mountain division. So, any of you that want to make fun of our troops can go take his place and send my bro home. Nothing bad can be said about our freedom/protection from our military so why bother?

    July 19, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  24. Maria

    Oh Betty!.......Please reconsider......& ask for the day to do so. He is a lovely earnest young man who is putting himself out there to defend all of us. Please reconsider!!!!!

    July 19, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. SHARON

    I think if betty white ask he producers they would film around her schedule. These soldiers are protecting our freedom the least we can do is one simple request.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Cpl of Marines

    You are a unpatriotic young man wo needs to be deported to mexico or chin or bette yet go live in Afghan or Iraq I have seen both of those countries and lived in them for over a year and you wanna tel me that we don't protect you and we don't put our lives at risk well if taking fire from machine guns and rockets isn't putting your life in danger for the counry tell me what is you liberal hippy

    July 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Omg

    I fail to see how being Patrotic, respecting the military have to do with someone having to go on a date with a complete stranger. Everyone stop hating on betty. She is allowed to say no. Ever think she just doesnt feel comfortable meeting up with a strange man. No one knows anything about these people. My advice to mila is bring a body guard. People do not have to say yes to every single request a soldiers asks of them, nor should they.

    July 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Strange

    I fail to see the connection between patriotism, respecting the military and people having to go on a date with a stranger. The two are and should be unrelated. Most people dont want to meet up with a complete stranger. So, don't be surprised when people start responding no.

    July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. art vandolaye

    I also hear Casey Anthony is available. I'm sure she's ready to put out again. Just do us all a fovor, wear a condom. -Art

    July 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  30. art vandolaye

    What a mope inviting old Betty. When he could have struck a sure-thing with Aniston or maybe even JLO. -Art

    July 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mbal

    See, this is exactly what I knew was going to happen. Kunis should have never accepted that first 'invitation.' It's now snowballing into ridiculous copycat invitations and bringing the wrong kind of attention to the ball. It's supposed to be about the Corps, not about how many celebrities can show up. If Kunis and Timberlake had any class, they should back out.

    Semper Fi

    July 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. timmie

    An ARMY RANGER friend said if you squish a marines head that doodoo comes out their ears and nose ! That is way cool ! I congradulate Betty on making the right choice. She is too wonderul to be going out with a marine slug. FOLLOW ME !

    July 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Beenthere

    My guess Betty dis'n my man cuz he black.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. @Peace

    Over 3OO comments here and I liked yours the best. We salute you.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Snarky

    Can't believe people still blow this hard about WWII. It's not like Germany could've ever won that war to begin with.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. timmie

    The military is just for loosers that cant get into college or do any better. If they could do better they would not join the marines. Once they join the military brags to them how special they are to help build up their self esteem. They are just the dregs that would end up in prison or collecting garbage if they didnt join up.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Josie

    I like how betty keeps it real, unlike most celebs who get veneers or cosmetic whitenings she let her teeth stay yellow. Now that's keepin it real

    July 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Name*chumley

    The island by island thing is a myth. Read a book. The YouTube invitation thing is already tedious and obnoxious.
    Mainly the military is protecting the Saudi hashemite billionaires.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Name*chumley

    They did.not take an.island at a time . Read a history book. The strategy was quite different.
    This YouTube date thing is quickly becoming tedious.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  40. willie

    Isn't she a little old to ball?

    July 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  41. John in Texas

    COME ON BETTY!!!! TIME TO "PONY UP" FOR YOUR NATION!!!!!! What if this young Marine said, "sorry can't go fight for our freedom!" Tell your people to take the day off and go!!! Love this!!! This has a real impact on our troops in a good why-–COME ON BETTY DO IT!

    July 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. morgan painter

    This is great. I think Betty White is an awesome person. I love her sense of humor and her enthusiasm. I would consider it a privilege to spend even a few minutes with her.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Strange

    It's funny how taping an episode for a fictional show is more important that making this marine's night. I'm sure he didn't give excuses when defending your freedom B.W.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capercorn

      Well, I mean. There might be another reason not stated. Betty White is pretty old, and frequent travel isn't exactly the healthiest thing they can do.

      July 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jen

    Who knew Betty White was a heart breaker?! Poor guy got burned by an old lady....Sucks to be him!

    July 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Minnie Wandela

    For GOSH sakes. WRITE it INTO the script. Elka drops a dollar in a service raffle. Totally unaware what she's entered or that she's won a totally unexpected Marine shows up at her door. The girls triple team her and get her ready while talking her into it. Max shows up and challenges the Marine to a duel. Then Cleveland can tape the actual ball. Punchline, back on the front porch Elka tries to make a move on the marine. Max shows up with a cannon.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rob

    Marines Rock! All our service men and women do! Accept Betty, please accept!

    July 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. vincent

    Don't worry, supporters, all of us service men and women will be home soon. And I want u to use use freedom of speech and "knock" a Marine. See what happens next, remember we all have PTSD!! Be safe!!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. @Rick Springfield

    Your easy to,but with that wierd eye, you can't get laid.bahahahahahaha,good luck with that situation.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Cheets

    One does something like this now everybody and their brother/sister is going to try it. These people that are being asked have lives and I"m sure not all of them are going to say yes. The ones that don't will be portrayed by some morons as snobs but they are people with their own lives so too bad.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Don

    Something tells me that Sgt. Lewis will have no trouble getting a date – and Betty, if you can rearrange your schedule for just this one evening, I am sure you won't regret it.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Rick Springfield

    Well, I'm sure she's an easy fuch.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Heidy

    It's because he is black she turned him down.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      I'm inclined to agree with you Heidy, if he were a white guy she might have went for goodness sake she's been around before Jim Crow she could at least invite him to see her show, now the guy is probably embaressed and humiliated and feels like a fool.

      July 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  53. laura63

    I think Betty White is a classy lady all the way. That marine asking her to the marine ball is sweet. She said she
    could not go but like I said she is a class act. Maybe Jay Leno should have both of them on his show at a later date,
    that would be something. How about that Jay!!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  54. svann

    Have her home by 9:30 son.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mary

    I really expected Betty to say yes, I'm kind of disappointed. I am so very proud of our military and the hard work they do everyday. Anyone who is disrespectful to any member of the service should leave the U.S. to find out what it feels like to not have the freedom we do because of them. Anyone who bags on the military is certainly not "man" enough to serve and seems much more equipt to sit on the computer all day bagging on others.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Joe

    I don't really have any problem with people serving in the military, I just have issues with what I percieve to be excessive pampering of the military these days. While ANY war ir dangerous, let's be frank here: Iraq and Afghanistan aren't exactly being fought by equal enemies. The world's only superpower vs. rag tag 3rd world rag heads hardly qualifies as "bravery". This isn't WWII or even Vietnam. My main point actually is just because someone is a Marine does NOT make them worthy of praise or a good, honorable person. They DO get paid you know, and have some of hte best benefits around. Can you name ONE guaranteed job that pays more right out of high school? On a personal level though, my opinion of Marines have been marred by one "Marine" reservists whom I know, who is probably one of the laziest, whiniest, most obnoxious person I've ever known. He has avoided arrest like THREE times for beating his ex wife, his mother, and his current wife simply because he played the "I'm a Marine" card to the cops, and you know how cops can be with service people. I'm talking women with bruised, bloodied faces here. This is just one of the deplorable things he does on a daily basis, trust me there is much much more. But all I have to say to those that do listen is: don't assume someone is a great person based on thier jobs alone, there is a lot more to everyone that meets the eye.

    Thanks for reading, hope I didn't offend. In defense ot his Marine in the video though, at least he did it with humor and some levity unlike the first two did.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  57. TheLeftCoast

    Of the three, this guy would have had the most fun!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Laura

    This is an opportunity for Jay Leno to have both of them on his show at a later date. That would be cool.
    Betty White is a classy lady and that young marine is sweet asking her out. Way to go marine and thanks
    for your service.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Vanessa

    It got out of hand when a Marine asked Oprah to the ball via Youtube at the end of last week. I think she will probably say, "no" too. I mean the only reason Mila said, "Yes" is b/c Justin pushed her to (obviously for publicity for their film) and the only reason Justin said, "Yes" was because he "backed [himself] into a corner" esp since they have a movie (a great one that would need no publicity if their stars were as big as they'll be Saturday morning) coming out Friday. Oprah is in love with Stedman. Plus Oprah needs ABSOLUTELY NO publicity because she is Oprah the woman known by one vowel, "O". Here's the video of the Marine asking Oprah

    July 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Peace

    Of course we all hate wars, but, knocking our troops? Really??? If you don't stand behind our troops, why don't you stand in front of them! I for one am thankful & proud of them!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  61. pam renfro

    kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, she missed her special dances..

    July 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. stan

    It was funny and cute when the marine asked the actress and she said yes Now it just lacks originality and is getting old

    July 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  63. PeterD

    This show over and over again that US Marines Has nothing better to do in Afghanistan anymore. Bring'em Home.

    July 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capercorn

      Oh the joys of "hurry up and wait." Good times... Good times... Glad to see this time honored Military tradition is being kept alive still in the Marines; else we wouldn't have all the YouTube celebrity date things.

      July 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Wanda

    Betty is my idol! Go Betty!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Rob

    This isn't original and charming anymore.

    July 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Douglas Quaid

    See you at duh parday, Richter!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  67. MikeR

    Dear Editor – you may wish to reconsider the headline

    "Marine asks Betty White to ball"

    July 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  68. ryan

    hell im going for taylor swift and the other girl for forgetting sarah marshal

    July 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. ya

    1/2 u people r crazy

    July 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  70. art vandolaye

    Hope he enjoys helping Betty change her Depends. Have fun dude! -Art

    July 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Alberta

    I hope Betty accepts. And that she conditions her acceptance on a couple of things: that her date allows "cut-ins" from other Marines while dancing, and that her date gives her a goodnight kiss of a peck on the lips.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  72. lrrp

    Wow, and we wonder why our politicians can't agree on anything.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  73. bezerkur

    betty white is a android. the first A.I created. they used a elderly person so the robot moves they do would mimic the glitches they havent perfected yet. betty white died giving birth to justin bieber. i suspect hugh hefner may be one also. i got this intel by a e-mail i received from jessie ventura.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  74. markiejoe

    When is this going to end? It's all getting pretty stupid.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  75. briley


    July 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. briley


    July 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Dawn

    Go for it Betty, It's TRUE what they say about Black men!!!!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Dillan

    It all seems like attention whoring to me. What I don't get are all these morons acting like every marine is some hardworking hero.The majority of our armed forces either didn't have any other prospects or needed college money. The ONLY group of people that can take our freedom are the corrupt a**holes in Washington. Don't think for a second that our saintly marines would protect us from them. If anything, they'd mow you and your family down if told to.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Millipeed

    Betty would have been more impressed if you'd just spoken to her while petting a dog. At her age, I don't think she's looking for a man with stamina. But good luck none the less.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  80. E

    This schtick of asking celebrities to the Marine Corps Ball is getting old......literally

    July 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Justin

    LOL Bettys gonna die before she can accept

    July 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. elove

    Someone pleeaaazzze ask me ill go

    July 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  83. PHA Traveler

    Thats Awesome! Betty white is the type of person that would accept the invite. Im glad our fighting men and women are planning to make the most of this experience.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Lisa

    This guy is awsome!!! Hope you go to the dance Betty!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Heather

    AF wife's take – We don't attend the annual ball though I have friends who enjoy it. While it all seemed a bit cute with the first invitation, I can see how these events could end up unpleasant with the celebrity thing. When a celebrity is brought on base, everything gets turned on its ear. The "higher ups" all start preening obnoxiously and very little gets done. My guess is that with the exception of the military dates and the top brass at these balls, it's going to be pretty lame for the rest of the attendees with the focus on looking good for the media rather than having fun.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  86. dubya

    great.....someone had to go and pee in the pool!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  87. teresa, ohio

    ahhhh, this is so great !!!! go marines !!! I hope you all get dates and you have a wonderful time !!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  88. truth

    There may be some good marines but everyone i have ever met is a low class no class @ss wipe.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Mir

    Now this is getting just ridiculous.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Marie

    SIEMPRE FIDELIS... (and if you can't make it because of PRIOR COMMITTMENTS....)

    July 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  91. xxJarHeadxx

    This is outstanding! I hope Betty says yes Sgt. Lewis.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  92. abby

    Betty would be the Belle of the Ball!!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Marie


    July 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Nancy

    i bet betty will say yes. why not? as this young man said, she is funny and mature and he bets that she will have a great time. betty, please say yes.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Louis

    Betty White is the all around perfect woman? What is wrong with that guy?

    July 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jon Stamos

    When I heard a Marine asked Betty White to the ball I assumed it was Gunny Highway.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Matthew

    Outstanding. Betty White is an amazing woman and I am jealous I didn't think of this. Now remember, she is a lady and you should treat her as such. Also, despite what Military Balls are known for... don't get drunk! Make it a memorable night!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  98. nitrous

    I think he should ask his right hand to the "ball" with him.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Anna

    This is getting ridiculous. Are marines that hard up for dates? Seriously. They certainly deserve our respect and admiration for what they give to this country, but that shouldn't afford them carte blanche to harass Hollywood movie stars. Yes, I said "harass." Do you really think Justin Timberlake or Mila Kunis really want to go to some stupid marine ball. Of course, not. And why should they? Yet, could you imagine the media backlash if they said no? I think these marines are taking advantage of their positions and online media to score dates that they don't deserve. And I guess I'm blaming the media, too, for making a story out of this. What a waste of time.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Gail

    Good Luck, Sargent! Remember, Mature does not mean Mundane! And if Betty isn't available, I am! Granny Gail (I have 'white' hair too...) And I LOVE a man in uniform!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Rick

    Cute the first one... OK the 2nd one... but now just a little bit STUPID...its been done so move on....

    July 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Balto Paul

    I'll bet the Navy would love to get in on this, but they can't. The Navy doesn't have any balls.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Scotty McDougal

    This falls under the catagory of "Robbing the Grave."

    July 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  104. jon

    Say it with me, "where the w....." Nah, I'll leave it at that.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Truth

    1st let me say, I appreciate the marines to the fullest..GO MARINES! That said, this sets a bad precedent. If any one of these celebs refuses the offer, they would be chastised, and they shouldn't feel obligated to go. Stick to what you know...fighting..and leave the dancing to the stars. Peace.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Marines_Are_Terrorists

    Marines are terrorists who think they can push anyone around. These idiots think that every day of their life is like basic training. I have not met a sane marine in 45 years. It takes a special type of person to be a marine... a very special person with very special eduction...and a short bus.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  107. hateclowns

    This became is a funny and nice thing – tough martial art female Marine instructor asked a popular singer out.
    He agreed – this is good and look very decent to show respect to HER. First of all to HER and only than to all marines, army, fleet etc etc.
    Now everybody and brother are going for that. This became a stupid and very bad looking show. Shame on you, clown and shame on your supporters

    July 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  108. tellyou1nce

    Looks like his upbringing gave him a wonderful personallity and the Marines gave him extra self-esteem... Have a wonderful time at the ball Ray and Betty!

    July 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Tim

    I like it better the first couple times.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  110. The Selfish Gene ...Simmons

    Betty be all about ballin'!

    July 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  111. ric

    I don't want to see another story about this marine ball thing ever again.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  112. SoSueMe

    Marine Asks Betty White to Ball. What did he ask her to do?? Unfortunate wording, CNN, but very funny!

    July 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  113. poetice123

    That is wonderful Betty!!! Personally, I think all the stars who are interested in going, should sign up and let a Marine choose them for a date to the ball. That would just be great! Everytime I see any man or women from the military (in person) I applaud them, and say thank you...sincerely. I really appreciate the sacrifice.:)

    July 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Pliny

    Semper Fi Betty!

    Now....Jennifer Lopez....since you've dumped that runt Marc Anthony....would you accompany me (a retired Marine) to the ball?

    July 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Christopher

    Uh, Marine rapper? Stereotype much CNN?

    July 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  116. linda

    I believe Betty White will go and have a GREAT time! I would also love to see the cast of NCIS invited – they portray with dignity, honor, honesty and respect the values of the Marine Corp and the military community.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Mary

    Betty, you go girl! and Sgt. Lewis, don't you dare get fresh with that lassie (unless Betty says its ok!!!)

    July 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Geoz

    I love it. This is a great entertainment story, a fun national story to follow. I hope they all go!

    July 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  119. JC-VA

    Betty PLEASE say yes!!!!! and do it for all of those Men and Women that have lost their life serving this amazing country!!!! LOL that would be awesome if she said yes...

    July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Jodi

    Dang! Gotta love those marines!

    July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Rolyat

    Betty White loves her country and does not hide the fact that she loves men. She is a lady. I hope Betty goes out with Sgt. Ray Lewis. I bet she'd have fun. She might even say . . . . once you go BLACK, you don't go back.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Ling Chu

    someone shud invite me. i chinee cook. make bery bery good poopoo platter.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  123. sa3key

    Michael E

    Hey you really think the military is keeping me safe everyday.......learn some history. The only think the military keeps safe is the Military Industrial Vietnam obtained AK47 keeps me safe baby!!

    Hey Micheal E

    Get your Ak 47 and come to Afghanistan where your being shot back at since you think its doing a wonderful job protecting you.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Sal

    Well I hope Betty White does go with this man. Betty white is one of the funniest elderly women I know. She is a little racy and I enjoy listening to her. She is not your typical 89 year old. 

    July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  125. NewYorker

    ... why doesn't someone invite CHARLIE SHEEN ?

    July 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  126. EmeraldCity

    There's a bet riding on this.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  127. satana

    Wow. Screw the military and any1 dumb enough to enlist. And who carres bout a fkn dance? Grow up

    July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  128. JoRo

    The headline link to this story on the CNN home page ("Marine Asks Betty White to Ball") created quite some confusion for me, as I took "ball" to be a verb...

    July 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  129. mobrule

    lmao! ok, this is funny, and I love our servie men and women, my son serves, but this is getting out of hand. what started as I nice bit with whatshername going to the ball, then timberlake, now this... next celebs will be paying marines to 'invite' them so they can get press.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  130. yeah !

    I think the anti military posters are trolls just trying sto stir people up. They should go elsewhere. This is a happy blog about American Heroes. I only wish I was good enoughto be a marine. I cant even pass 10th grade PE. : ) If i was one id invite Emma Watson though.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  131. old3putt

    From what I've learned about Betty over the years, she'll have to be in bed by 8. And asleep by 11. Good for him.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

    Have a great time DEVIL DOGS!!!! I can say all Corpsman are wishing you fun. HOOOORAAAAHHHH.....

    July 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  133. bosco752

    I am embarrassed for the anti military marine marks I see on this post – my guess is the negative posts are made by someone that has not served our coutry or had family that has served our country – I thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the servicemen – Marine Lewis is a cutie however if Betty cannot accept your date it is because of the workout you did before the proposal and you have scared her away!! Also for anyone that wants to post a negative remark why not try a few sit up and run a few laps instead???

    July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |

    with a name like "dirty hippy" you can't be considered legit. Hippies don't vote and aren't really a part of the true society. We'll just take your comment and ignore it because your just trying to get in the conversation. Go smoke a bowl and eat some cakes.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  135. yeah !

    I hope Betty White accepts and they have the greatest time ever ! I just hope Betty doesnt get to frisky though. : ) MARINES ARE TRUE HEROES ! THEY ARE THE BEST ! : )

    July 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Melina319

    I think this is becoming tacky. It was kinda cute when the first Marine did it, but now everyone's jumping on the bandwagon and it's involving the elderly. Let's move on, people.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Li Tai Fang

    Every marine is not copycatting, and this is about to get out of hand.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

    BGko= Bigot Got Knocked Out (referring to his racist statement about all black people) Nice stereotype idiot

    July 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  139. yeah !

    Plus marines are true heros !

    July 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  140. yeah !

    Yeah ! This is the entertainment section. I think chip might be a dip. no offense to chip and dip though. i think it taste extra good !

    July 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  141. yeah !

    Yeah ! This is the entertainment section. I think chip might be a dip. no offense to chip nad dip though. i think it taste extra good !

    July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  142. DrMabuse

    OK–this is getting out of hand.

    Jennifer Lopez: Now that you and Marc Anthony have split, would you like to get some Chinese food with me?

    July 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  143. sayjay

    Dude – that guy would totally wreck that chick.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  144. ArtVandelay

    BEST.BIRTHDAY.EVER!!! Enjoy yourselves Devil Dogs. You deserve it!!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  145. dawn

    Say Yes Betty!!!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

    WOW. I love the people that are so smart and blame the soldiers for fighting a war they are told to fight. These soldiers volunteer to serve their country. Their "MOTHERS" don't have a say so. If they decided to go against their orders and fail to show the recieve consequences. U have every right to be an idiot and release your thin though to every one. But leave the service members out of it. Blame the goverment or politicians or whoever. But the service members are doing there job they swore to do. Give them applause for getting their legs blown off or killed or just for going. You don't have the American heart to do it. BGko and Brickell Princess should turn in their flag (probably don't have one) and leave the country.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  147. R

    I hope someone will ask Abe Vigoda too...then the circle will be complete.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  148. stan

    I agree. If you think the military is so great then join up. I doubt few if any of the gungho warmooonngers posting here actually served. Most of those posting just sound like right wing Rush LImbaugh wannabees.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  149. deanna stubbs

    Awwwww I hope she goes! How cool!! Go BETTy Go!!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Denizen Kate

    Who could resist a U.S. Marine in dress uniform holding a red rose? Betty, please say yes. He's cute and sounds fun!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • becer

      yeah lady, Betty is going to go just because you think he's cute. get a life.

      July 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |

    hey "SARGE" Army stands for "Ain't Really Marines Yet" Yours truly HM3 Kick ur AZZ

    July 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Charlie Do Good

    If you dont have respect for people in the service, saying they're not smart, can't hold a job, or are good for just bein grunts, to you I say, don't knock it if you're not willing to do it yourself.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  153. flygirl1961


    July 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Josh

    I had always thought that the Marines were the "straight laced" branch of the service. Always presenting themselves in the most solemn and dignified way.

    These video invites, are anything but dignified. This is not how a gentleman asks a lady to accompany them to a ball.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Josh, why not? It's not like he has Betty's phone number, so how else can he ask her to the ball? He puts out a video presenting himself as cute, fun, and respectable. I see nothing wrong with it.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  155. sportreform

    Casey Anthony's next, just wait...

    July 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  156. chip

    Marines are mostly stupid. They show it by their actions. Blindly killing others because someone in an authority position told you to is dumb. If you really believe you were protecting our rights while you were over there killing people it shows how brainwashed you really are. The military even admits this. The want young impressionable kids with a slightly lower than normal IQ so they can turn them into killing machines. They also seek out kids with low self esteem and poorer economic backgrounds. This is just a fact. If you dont believe me ask an honest military recruiter, if you can find one.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      Wow. Your speech was...well it sucked! Weak sauce man! So you speak for all Marines? As well as the recruiters? Damn you are one well-informed SOB. Pull your head out of your Brown-Eye!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Chip, your little rant is rude, disrepectful, and completely uncalled-for. Sure, it would be great if we lived in a world where soldiers were unnecessary, but that isn't reality. Your comment belongs elsewhere. This thread is about a young service volunteer asking a lady for a date to a ball. Lighten up, or go away.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudlynotamarineclown

      I agree, Marines are retards. As well as most people on this forum.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  157. teo666

    Betty White will probably be the life of the party, even though shes 89

    July 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  158. elove

    50 yr old white female someone please invite me to ball not cinderella

    July 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Canine Humper

    Some gay marine should invite Boy George to be his date for the big ball. That would turns this mess on its ear.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      Nah nah nah you got it all wrong. If its gonna be any Gay guy, Neil Patrick Harris is the guy for the job!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  160. nibbler

    Betty Whites teeth look like corn niblets.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  161. lonna

    Stop all the hate! I dont agree with the war but i have all the respect in the world for our troops...i hope she goes with him and everyone has a great night! Good luck and mrs. should take him up on the invite!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Grateful.for.ur.service

    Ray, I bet she says yes! Have a great time, thank you for keeping me safe and give her a hug for all of us who appreciate the Marines and love Betty White.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  163. ArtInChicago

    Ok, when will this version of the Macarena end?

    July 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  164. ghostofmcarthy

    .When exactly did the us stop being a free country?1990?2001? What a lot of you dont realise is that the rest of the world looks to you for freedom and the left wing communist agenda in your country is ruining it for the whole world. Something to think about..famous communist idealogues..pol pot 2 million deaths. stalin 20 to 40 million deaths. mao unknown but in the millions. as well as a host of others. Its high time to shut down this left leaning bs and return to your roots or else the whole world is doomed.Freedom above everything else including the freedom to do what you want and ask who you want whenever you want as well as the freedeom to work wherever you want. God bless theUSA and good luck to need it.and the world needs it.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Retired USMC

    As a Retired Marine Staff Sergeant, is spent most of my life defending your right to think Marines are stupid. That would include your right to walk right up to a Marine and call them that. No? Didn't think so. Troubles me to think I wasted 22 years defending the rights of a chicken-*&%* coward.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Well said, and thank you for your years of service. This article is supposed to be about a young Marine asking a lady for a date, and we get all these trolls posting comments about dumb Marines. I hope Betty says "yes!"

      July 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • becer

      nobody asked you to enlist.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bosco752

      Oh don't let a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch – we commend you for your service!!! Our country would not be what it is today if it wasn't for brave soldiers such as yourself – I salute you

      July 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  166. This is now get stupid

    She should say no to stop this. Yes, they are soldiers and deserve respect, but they are taking it out of control.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  167. KC

    I think he's a cutie, and Betty White is a howl. It's just silly fun.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  168. rose helen militello

    to all you nay sayers,i say" God Bless America"

    July 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  169. becer

    that's just great, a military reality show. most of these marines are not fighting for anybody's right by choice, they are sent there. the military is one of the most racist organizations I've ever seen. It's not all that's cracked up to be.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Not fighting by choice? Really? When did they reinstate the draft?

      July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  170. rose helen militello

    to all of you nay sayers,i say God Bless America!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  171. Liz

    It was cute the first time with Mila Kunis. It was kind of expected with Justin Timberlake. Now this is getting ridiculous. Before you know it, 300 soldiers will have asked celebrities to events because they know they won't be able to say no.

    Know when to stop. Seriously.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  172. Jack

    Now this is all starting to get a bit silly.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  173. rose helen militello

    to SmellMyBalz,(disgusting,is that the best you could do,obviously no intelligence,anyway,to you i say why not and why do you care who asks who?

    July 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  174. Mike in NJ

    "Marine asks Betty White to ball." This tagline on the front page, seriously? Are you guys at CNN completely unaware of inappropriate vernacular?

    July 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  175. GCNYC

    Someone please ask Casey Anthony to the ball.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  176. John H

    Marines were hot when they didn't talk–or invite celebs to events.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  177. BGko

    Brickell – Thank God someone else gets it! What's even worse is that these elitists are funding both sides of the war, (a trick as old as war itself), so no matter who loses they always end up winning and stuffing their pockets and then funding the same media that propagandizes the public into supporting this lunacy. I highly doubt that any real citizens of this planet Earth really want to fight and kill each other without extreme brain-washing going on, it's our so-called 'leaders' that we blindly look up to and follow that are on the payroll of these elitists that lead our kids to war and death like a pied-piper. If it wasn't for these war pigs and their crimes we could all live peaceably on this planet, but greed and ignorance take precedence over the lives of fellow human beings in the sick and twisted minds of these 'leaders'. And then the morons like several of the people posting here follow them just because some talking heads in an idiot box told them to. Let our leaders fight each other if they're so keen on it, the rest of us want to live in peace. We should take all the government officials and rich elitists who support war and put them on an island for a deathmatch with each other Battle Royale-style = Problem Solved.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  178. rose helen militello

    I love this! Ms.White I hope you say yes.What is wrong with some of you people?It's all in fun,and fun is always good.God Bless America!!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  179. Kevin

    I bet right about now the Hollywood types are cringing and wondering who will be next. Inviting Mila – bold and it paid off. Inviting Justin – saw it coming and had to be done. From then on, though, it becomes foolish. As Jeremy pointed out above, the Ball is about celebrating the Marines, not turning it into a circus. I only hope that any of the actors and actresses that attend at least do some research into the history and traditions of the Corp.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  180. Phil

    I look at it this way: these men and women are protecting our rights and freedoms, they're far braver than I'll ever be for facing what I and others hopefully never have to face, and they are never, ever adequately thanked for the services they so selflessly render for our nation. He can ask out whomever he wants. Simple enough?

    July 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  181. SmellMyBalz

    This is becoming so tiresome! In few more days another idiot will do the same and so on.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  182. Kobe

    It's just tough for the average American to respect military personnel because those who enter the armed forces are mostly students who struggled academically in high school. Even the academic requirements to enter West Point, the Harvard of all military schools, isn't very high compared to a top-30 university in the nation.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Proudvet

      Well, with a name like Kobe....

      July 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JK

      What an ignorant piece of **** you are.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JK

      I was referring to Kobe, not Proudvet. I second Proudvet's comment.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |

      Well you obviously have you facts wrong! Do some research on our fine men and women before you make an idiotic comment like that.

      July 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      speak for yourself and NOT the world. Who cares if a student joins the military for school; the bottom line, they are fighting for our country. I guess you think someone who was drafted back in the 60's should not get respect either because they were forced to go into the army. NOT

      July 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  183. me

    TO THE IGNORANT FOOLS who have the nerve to disrespect our military dare you say negative thinks about people who sacrifice time with their family's and sadly their liveS so ignorant people like you can write dumb comments about these men and women who see and do things every day that would probly make you crap your pants....think about the 22 year old marine who just got burred by his family this last weekend in st.paul minute...that was just one funeral among many others that happened. Your comments make you look foolish.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  184. rose helen myers

    i love this! ms.white i hope you say yes to this young man's invite.what is wrong with some of you people?! it's all in fun and fun is always a good thing,so lighten up.God Bless America!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  185. conservosaurus

    I check out the CNN Web site every day to see how "the opposition" is thinking. Comments consist mostly of people insulting one another, while doing very little to critique the garbage that passes as "journalism" in most articles. So a marine asks Betty White to a ball; is that ANY reason to trash the USMC? A seemingly innocuous article merely serves as a forum for more hate toward each other – and this country. How pathetic! The Internet – and electronic medium in general – has the potential for facilitating intelligent discussion; instead, it serves to illustrate the negative impact declining education standards have had on our population. That's why so many people have fallen for the empty promises of Democrats (and a few RINOs) – it's time for a big change people. THINK! Open your eyes and look at the mess you've created. The rest of us are banding together to make sure the vote is out next year to get REAL Americans in office.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Alissa

      I was wholeheartedly with you until you got to that part about the democrats and then I thought "oh, nevermind, he's crazy!"

      July 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @conservosaurus, call me a liberalosaurus, and please note that not all left-leaning people are trashing the USMC here. I could wish for a world without need for a military, but that's just wishing. Conservatives are not the only people who support the troops, and by the way, Democrats and RINOs are not the only problem in DC. This article is about a young Marine asking a lady for a date. This is not the place for your personal political rant.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  186. grimmone

    You go Betty. Hope you accept and put all the trolls to bed early.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  187. Cowtown Girl

    Say yes, Betty! He's charming, well spoken and funny. As for all of the negative comments – I will quote William Shatner on this one – "Get a life!"

    July 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  188. erich2112x

    Haven't gotten a nod in weeks, but Dooky's in the house. Yeah!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  189. Joe

    Mila Kunis was cute. JT was a logical follow-up. But now it's just getting ridiculous.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  190. Dillon

    Everyone else who asked a celebrity is a "Marine" but this guy is a "rapper"? I kind of expected a rap in the video, I had to visit his youtube page to just figure out what you were talking about. I'm sure the other Marines who asked had other hobbies and past times too, why wasn't the headline "Golfer asks Mila Kunnis to ball?"

    July 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  191. Mamadrieux

    My dad was a Vietnam vet, and an officer with 20+ years in the Corps. He is probably laughing his head off from the great beyond–and shouting 'let's hear for the Marines–Semper Fi!' Betty White is a classy, elegant lady with more talent that most actresses out there. Watch 5 minutes of 'Hot in Cleveland' and you'll see why...I think she'll say 'YES!' And I thank a grand time will be had by all...Semper Fi!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  192. ReddCatt

    This was cute the first one or two times, now its stupid

    July 18, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  193. Searching for an Atheist Extremist

    Will there ever come a time when the people we hold in high esteem aren't the people who willfully murder other people.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      Yes! Once people like you stop making those over-dramatic, "emo kid oooh im broody and the world should know in a song and a post on my face book" Get a clue and go to some other message board! This is entertainment...actually stay here, your comment is by far the most "entertaining" 😉

      July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Byrd

    Well, there's one Marine who's sure to get some action.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  195. Trattoria Inane

    My breasts feel heavy just thinking about this.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  196. dirty hippy

    If you really believe our military in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting to protect our freedoms you have to be one one the slowest dumbest people on the planet.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Politics is down the hall.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

      And when did you serve and with what branch???? HMMMM....thought so! RESPECT!

      July 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Use a washcloth

      Why do we have nuclear weapons? Not because we use them, but because having them is a deterrent.

      Why do we have the best millitary in the world? Because except for Pearl harbor and 9/11, we have not had to deal with terror on our own shores in over 100 years! Thank god for our US forces.

      BTW, our millitary does alot more than just run troops on the ground. They helped after hurricane Katrina They also do alot of research that civilians benefit from including responding to threats like H1N1 and helping develop vaccines!

      July 19, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  197. Creedon

    So far (from what I have seen or heard) this is still pretty original, although I can see it getting quickly out of hand. With that said the Marine Corps Ball is actually a pretty exclusive party (a white tie affair in civilian terms) and while celebrities are honoring our brothers by going they too are being honored by receiving these requests.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  198. Ken

    FINALLY!!! A little humor is being injected into this "oh-so-serious" country of ours. I have been forced to listen to "debt-talks" go on and on and on and on for at least two months now. This is a breath of fresh air! And for those of you who are just sooooo mature, that you can't bear to withstand a little humor from our Marines....just go die, already!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  199. kirb

    The marines of WWII are heroes. Those that give up their lives in Iraq and the middle east are just macho dunderheads. They are throwing their lives away for nothing. Plus they are too dumb to even realize it.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      your too stupid for an explanation as to why what you said was foolish! Good Luck!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Trattoria Inane

    I think this whole Marine Corp Ball thing has officially jumped the shark.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      Quick somebody invite Harry Winkler aka "the Fonz" then the shark-jump is in full swing!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  201. erich2112x

    She's hot. He's not.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • WhySoRude?

      (erich2112x)...and YOU are a jerk! Why you felt the need to talk about the gentleman's looks is not clear...but, to hide behind the anonymity of a forum like this and insult a member of our armed forces (OR anyone else for that matter) speaks volumes about your LACK of character. This "date" request was all is good humor, and THAT is what the "adult" responders on this forum are focusing on. Please grow up.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      I'll grow up if you lighten up. the Marine would have probably found that funny as well. it was obviously in jest so unsquench your but cheeks.

      July 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhySoRude?

      (erich2112x) Telling me to "lighten up" as a retort for your finding humor by insulting someone AGAIN speaks volumes about your LACK of character. Thank you for proving my point.

      July 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  202. saboth

    Good for him. I hope she decides to go and we can get some hilarious videos out of it. I also applaud Mila and Justin for going. Mila is one of *the* hottest women in Hollywood right now, and not just because of her looks, but she's also witty, funny, intelligent and also seems to be pretty selfless. JT is also one of the funniest and most talented guys in Hollywood atm imo. I mean he just kills on SNL, better than most veterans on the show.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  203. Bgko

    If you release a rap album, THEN you're a rapper. If you work for the marines, then you're a marine. "Rapper asks Betty White to Marine Ball?" Stupid CNN

    July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      I think that's the Sub-head for the you tube vid. CNN didn't upload it.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Eleanor Roosevelt

    “The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”

    July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  205. sarge

    If you think the marines are so great then join up ! We need some more cannon fodder.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  206. MillieNeon

    Betty White will probably get a kick out of this. The guy is very respectful and cute. Love how he switched into his dress uniform and carried a rose. And love the compliment he gave her. Betty has a great sense of humor, and I bet she takes him up on it. And kudos to this kid for his choice.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  207. Big Daddy

    Marine Corps Balls are a blast!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  208. thank you

    Well I don't see why the Marines or anyone else in the service can't have some fun now and then, they put their collective asses on the line day in and day out so we can enjoy the freedoms that this wonderful country has to offer, so I say thank you and good luck with Ms. Betty White

    July 18, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  209. Chris

    Did Timberlake say "yes"? Anyway, I love it and it's good for everybody to have some fun no matter what your social status is and in my opinion these young men and women our the true stars!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Yes, he did. However, only time will tell if he actually follows thru.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Jon

    Personally, I think that's just awesome....he's obviously going for the "shock"factor...but there probably are sincere motives guiding it, too. She IS funny as hell, and think of the stories everyone has to tell!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  211. Blackstrider

    Wow, some people need to lighten up. Cleary a good dose of Betty White would do everyone some good. Seems funny to me quite frankly.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  212. christina

    if he wants to ask her out so be it good for him i mean its his choice.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  213. djg

    Ladies and gentleman for those of you that disagree with what these Marines are doing (and calling them idiot and retarded), keep in mind its people like them that allow you to say what you want in a public format. You can disagree but there is really no reason to be childish. Those of you that have stood up in support of the Marines...thank you.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      The reason I disagree, having been a Marine myself, is they're trying to make the Ball all about THEM. The Birthday Ball is about the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the Marines. A time for oldest to youngest, PFC to Generals to celebrate their shared pride in a PRIVATE ceremony for Marines and close family/friends. It is NOT a stage to grandstand and pose for paparazzi. It is NOT an event to try and out-do your fellow Marine.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Jeremy, you gave yourself away as a fake when you said, "I was a Marine," no Marine "was" a Marine–"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"!

      July 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Reading comprehension jackhole. I never said I "was" a Marine I said "having been." And leave to it drooling civvie like you to think every Marine vet still talks like they're on active duty. Obviously we don't because that would confuse people. 3rd LAR, Charlie Co. you need to know more mouth-breather? After what I went through don't you EVER question my service.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheepherder911

      Jeremy, Hi former service member here, um, yea Man i think he might have been joking...and even if he wasn't that's no reason to jump down a dude's throat. Your better than that baby! Remember integrity is important in and out of the Suck! And look at it this way, it is good publicity for those marines and a boost when you got a superstar like JT, a Great Actress like Mila Kunis, and a knockout riot in Betty White. Can't be all bad right?

      @Chuck, try to put an lol or a j/k if your joking, and if not...dont be a dick to service members...


      July 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichieP

      I'm in the military, so I can tell you first hand we haven't done anything in over 60 years that has protected your right to free speech (if you are an American). We have fought for freedom for other people in other countries with varied success, and we're ready just in case we're needed to fight for YOUR freedom (instead of some Iraqi or Afghan freedom), but it has not happened. So quit with the brainwashing/scare tactics. Your right it free speeck is not and has not been threatened.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      oh please Jeremy, it is about people having fun as well. Those marines can ask whomever they want to come; and if the person says yes, they go. Sound to me like it is more jealousy toward the marines whose request got answered than anything else.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  214. mejazzbo

    Betty White is far too much woman for only one Marine to take to the ball. Sgt. Ray Lewis is going to have his hands full. Ms. White has been entertaining the troops for decades. Have a great time!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  215. r

    Everyone will want to have a dance with Betty White!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  216. Jeremy

    Command is NOT going to be happy about all these. The Ball is always supposed to be about the Marines not some star-studded red carpet affair, I didn't think things had changed THAT much in the 8 years since I was in.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • BGko

      More than likely the idea came from, or at least was supported by, command or above, for publicity reasons

      July 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • CPL.

      Exactly. Tradition is with the Marines. Not all this garbage. One was cute, now it's just a circus.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichieP

      Kunis and Timberlake are going to different balls. This dude (who probably won't be bringing Betty White) is probably going to a different ball too. The Friends w/Benefits mights get a lot of attention, but the whole ball won't be about them.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelvin


      As a retired leader of Marines (3 years ago), I can tell you that the MC Ball is about fun. We remember our history and take the time to fellowship with Marines AND spouses-family-friends. MC Balls are meant to be the birthday. And please don't discount the recruiting value. No, HQMC is loving it!

      July 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      For those commenting that this was for PR for the Marine Corps, or somehow came from their 'PR' Department, I can assure you, it does not. In fact, I know that there was talk of the USMC pulling these dates due to all the surrounding publicity, etc. And by the way, Betty White is a fantastic choice!

      July 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Ah ha, different Ball locations, thats real good .

      July 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      oh give it a rest. A marine can invite WHOMEVER They want to the ball. WHo cares if someone is a celeb. That is no different than inviting someone who is apart of ANY professional job.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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  218. JoeD

    Geez- Immediate predictable snarky/juvenile responses from the Cheetos & Mtn Dew crowd [or is it 'and Red Bull' crowd, now?]. Can't think of a better reason to begin Mandatory National Service, to get the "' crowd out and exposed to real life and interface with others. Good luck. Ray Lewis... hope you hook up with Betty.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Blackstrider

      A few jumps to your conclusion there, Joe? The Cheetos, Mountain Dew AND Red Bull Crowds love Betty White. And incidentally the marines I know are pretty damn fond of Cheetos and Mountain Dew.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Amazed @ the duplicitousness

      Hey Joe,

      I am on 100% agreement with you.....but please leave Mtn. Dew out of it. My favorite soda did nothing to deserve this LOL

      July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SGT Lori

      LMAO!! live-in-my-grandmas-attic crowd....priceless!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Brandonj

    I think it's a bit much to expect an 89 year old woman who's still acting regularly (she's got more work than many actors half her age) to travel across country for a Marine Corps Ball. Two celebrities are enough-every marine isn't going to be able to have a celebrity date. Besides, a 20 something Marine with an 89 year old date-that's just weird.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Lighten up, will you? It's a formal ball, not a nightclub. It's not like he's going to do her.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cput

      Can you spell J-E-A-L-O-U-S???

      July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bosco752

      Oh come on – Yes Betty White is busy and may not be able to attend – but if someone asked me to go I would figure it's the least that I can do for all the sacrifices are Military makes for us each day!

      July 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Crunch

      As if you wouldn't hit that, son

      July 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Id hit that just to say I did!

      July 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • balto paul

      Betty White would be a lot more fun to hang out with than Mila Kunis.

      I've seen Mila on talk shows, and she comes off dumber than my dog.

      July 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Their obediant too.

      July 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Charity

    Gee you guys must not know many people in the Marines then. I for one think it is great that they are finding ways to reach out to people they admire. So, what if the only reason they are able to go with these stars is because they are Marines. I believe that they should be in the same catagory as other celebrities as should any branch of the military because they do a hell of a lot more for our country than most Hollywood celebrities do. Without them we would not have half of what we do today. So show a little more respect!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • on_my_soapbox

      "finding ways to reach out to people they admire"
      They call that stalking in some states.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Marinesmakemelaugh

      Respect to this clown?! Nope, have none.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Stop assuming that none of us have served, dck-lck, and get off your soap box..

      July 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      on_mt_soapbox, stalking is when you continue to following someone who DOES NOT want your attention. Asking someone to a ball who just happen to be famous is NOT stalking. Celebs are people who just have jobs that put them on tv. NOThing else.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  221. oh goodness

    I live in Greenville where the ball is taking place. I'm not looking forward to all the press that is going to be around it.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bgko

      Nichole – Defensive wars keep us safe, offensive wars jeopardize our safety and our morals. Learn to draw the distinction.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      B is right. If we don't go get them before they get us, we are smarter to stay at home! Of course, he did just say a bit ago war was antiquated... but now defensive wars are okay.. wait. Dangit, I'm confused now... Well, I guess it's better to wait for another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 so people are in a defensive war...

      July 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael E

      Hey you really think the military is keeping me safe everyday.......learn some history. The only think the military keeps safe is the Military Industrial Vietnam obtained AK47 keeps me safe baby!!

      July 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfgal

      To Oh goodness, you do realize that the Marine Corp Ball is held all over the place and not just in Greenville? Not sure where all 3 of these Marines are stationed, but most likely Mila, Justin and perhaps Betty will not all be in your city.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • cput

      oh goodness... REALLY? Nobody gives a crap what you are feeling. I hope Betty White says "YES" and she and Sgt. Ray Lewis goes and has a great time. Thank you Sgt. Lewis for your service to this country. You are a Hero in my eyes.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • clevercandi

      I'll trade you locations anytime – I live in central Florida 🙂

      July 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      You do realize that these balls are not in the same place right? The first is in NC and the second is DC... not sure about this one...

      July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • gumby

      If I lived in a racist redneck ignorant town like Greenville I wouldn't want the glare of publicity either...

      July 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      These guys have their lives on the line every's one weekend!

      July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Princess

      There are USMC balls all over the place. Our armed forces don't get an opinion, they follow orders whether they agree or disagree with wars. Right or wrong they were the ones willing to sign up for the military & do the job most weren't willing to do. You don't have to agree with war to have respect for our Marines & other Armed Forces.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzi M.

      Wah night of your life....gimme a break! The Marines deserve a celebratory night once a year considering how hard they work all year around. Im Air Force also...I hope Betty White says yes...

      July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh goodness

      I love our military men and women and am extremely thankful for what they do. I also agree that they deserve nights like this Ball more often than they get them I just hope that the press leaves them alone to enjoy their night.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Bgko – Defensive wars are fought on homeland soil. Do you really want that?

      July 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polo

      Nicole – take a chill pill.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dillan

      It's fine if Marines get a ball, I couldn't care less. But lets not pretend they're all hard working heroes because they're not. The majority of our armed forces either didn't have any other prospects or needed college money. Oh and you know what you get to do most of the time you're in active duty? Standing around, sitting around, lying around. So all morons who think they actually protect our freedom should stop and realize that it's never been at risk. Nobody but our lawmakers can take that.

      July 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      'lighten up Francis'

      July 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • a little sad


      It's fine if Marines get a ball, I couldn't care less. But lets not pretend they're all hard working heroes because they're not. The majority of our armed forces either didn't have any other prospects or needed college money.

      Currently 5 members of may family are serving in the Marines and the Army. They all had other choices, but they feel serving their country is important. 4 of the 5 are fourth generation military volunteers.

      I don't know what you have against the military but denigrating the service of people who are more patriotic than you are just makes you look small. Of course, somethimes looks are NOT deceiving.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      get over yourself!

      July 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LRoy

      You wouldn't feel that way if you were going, sister.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • whats up?

      Everyone needs to chill out. I'm a marine myelf with 3/5 I took a beating over there in afghan. I work every single day as a infantry man, so don't think one day goes by that I don't work. I earned my respect so how bout you get some!

      July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      He didn't hit on any of thoes fox channel girls, did he.

      July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mold My Playdoh

      @Susan.....OMG!!!! You made me laugh out loud!!!!

      July 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Sherrie

    Have a great time..good for the marines..:)

    July 18, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      I think it's awesome! These Marines should be allowed to ask whoever they want to the Marine Corps Ball. They deserve it and they will have a good time! I've been to one before and they're awesome!

      July 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr feel good

      Betty, you just have to go. This young man obviously has good taste and you'll have a ball together. Don't forget to send home pictures, either. What time is curfew; we'll be waiting up!

      July 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Yes, join the miliotary – now the biggest PERK is a date.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mando

      Good luck to him, but to be honest i dont think he can handle Betty White, shes alot of women ;D

      July 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      There is a big problem that no one seems to understand or comprehend, a senior citizen like Betty White and a bedtime of 19:00 hours but the Marine Ball does not start until 20:00 hours.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LRoy

      For the sake of our country, and for the moral of the military, surely the production company for Hot in Cleveland (which I do not watch), can halt or work around Ms. White this one time. (I think Casey Anthony's available....JUST KIDDING PEOPLE!)
      Too bad Bob Hope's gone.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Dale, you may not understand, but Betty White can stay up as late as anyone, and for sure can have the best time ever, if she decides to go. This is a woman that knows how to have fun, is known for her crazy sense of humor, and can party wth the best of them! Good luck, Marine!!

      July 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Last time something that big happened at the Ball, the south seceded .

      July 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Come on Betty! You are savvey enough to have the taping done near the ball and perhaps include it in the script! Just make it happen....

      July 19, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Drastic1

      Since most Marines come from the common folks, it would also be cool if they asked the heros who come from the rest of us like nurses, police, firepeople, EMTs etc

      July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |

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