July 30th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
A star-studded Marine Corps Ball
Scarlett Johansson is the latest star to get an invite to the Marine Corps Ball, according to People.com. Unfortunately for Sgt. Dustin L. Williams, ScarJo already has plans for November 10.
"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,” the actress, 26, writes in a statement to Zap2it. And graciously, Johansson is sending the soldier a case of Moët and Chandon to ease the sting of rejection.
Mila Kunis was the first celeb to be asked to the Ball, sparking a Hollywood trend.
Mila has accepted the invitation, and her “Friends With Benefits” co-star Justin Timberlake is planning on attending the event, as well.
Like Scarlett, Betty White had to decline her invite due to a prior commitment (she’s filming her show, “Hot in Cleveland”).
But there’s a twist! Though she wasn’t officially asked, “Terminator” star Linda Hamilton has offered to attend in Betty’s place.
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"In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present...[A]nd graciously, Johansson is sending the soldier a case of Moët and Chandon to ease the sting of rejection."
Please get it right. The author acknowledges the "Marine Corps" part at the beginning of the paragraph but calls the Marine who gets turned down a "soldier". No. Author, take note: a "Marine" is in the Marine Corps; a "soldier" is in the Army. A Marine is NOT a soldier; a servicemember in the Marine Corps is a Marine. "Marine" and "soldier" are not the same thing, the terms "Marine" and "soldier" are not interchangeable, and "soldier" is not a catch-all term for anyone wearing a camouflage or other type of military uniform. I repeat: a Marine = Marine Corps; a soldier = Army. If you wouldn't call a firefighter a "cop", why do you call a Marine a "soldier"?
@pacifist- obviously you are clueless about economic geo-politics and you are the one who is clueless about how the world works and instead of educating yourself you spew dribble you hear from disreputable news outlets. I will gladly buy you a plane ticket so you can experience the freedoms in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You obviously missed pacifist's point. He/She was commenting on the fact that in order to support our belligerent, wasteful life styles as Americans, we need our service members in order to gain and keep access to necessary resources such as oil. If we limited our use of such resources, we would not need our military to obtain access for us and then to protect us from the reaction of other nation's/individual's when we eventually step on their toes in our neverending conquest for said resources. If you don't recognize that this is the way the world works, then you are either in denial or just brain dead.
The funny part is that we only fight for "freedom" in countries that have things we want, like the oil in Iraq and Libya. Our government even installed the idiots we're now helping to overthrow. Most military personnel, no matter how honorable their behavior or intentions, are simply puppets. You sign up voluntarily, are conditioned to do what you're told and seldom question your orders, you have no say in where you are deployed or in what causes you fight for. All of those decisions are made by the president and Congress who willingly and repeatedly send young people to their deaths on a daily basis in order to secure natural resources under the guise of freedom.
If you're in the military, don't insult yourself by parroting the line about fighting for freedom. You fight for America and all the good/stupid decisions our leaders make.
Hey, Ape Lincoln!
If you can't stand behind them I dare you to stand in front of them.
Why should anyone stand in front of them? No one forced them to sign up. They enlisted by their own free will. And if you think they are fighting for "freedom" you know nothing about how the world works. People are pretty free in Costa Rica and they don't even have a military. See...they're fighting for your right to drive an SUV back and forth between the Wal-Mart, your house and your kids' school, all 1 mile apart. That's what they're fighting for. Next time you fill up your gas tank, thank a soldier.
Marines are such jarheads, why would any of these actresses want to go to there retarded ball....
ape if being a marine is retarded then i am thinking you are either a flaming gay boy or just not apreciating the fine service and huge sacrifice they make to keep us safe yo ungrateful turd
Hey Ape, before you call something retarded, you should at least be able to use basic English.
Ape Lincoln...remember this, If you can read...thank a teacher. If you want to read in English.......THANK A MARINE! Grow a pair and go fight for freedom, or leave the country! SEMPER FI!!
@Mr. Paul thank you for keeping us safe and sound on your watch. And thanks to your family, it couldnt have been easy on any of you. My highest respect and regards, Alecia
Mr. Timberlake and Miss Kunis might think about showing up at their D.C. and Carolina MC balls with a bunch of their Hollywood buddies in tow. The hotter the better, male and female. There are always a good number of stags at that affair. The surprise (and media coverage) alone would be amazing! Might be more fun and insightful than the young Hollywoods ever imagined possible. Come on guys, instead of simply playing the part of Marines in films, become honorary USMC.
A Marine must INVITE one to a USMC ball. You don't just show up in a crowd and hope the bouncer will look aside if your skirt is short enough. Its not club night at the local watering hole, its a BALL, to honor the MARINES service and the DEAD and their FAMILIES. Its no place for celebrities, and you don't get in without a reservation in the name of a Marine who invited you. No class, honestly...
I myself was in the military U.S. Navy Submarine Service (Polaris) and I admire Scarlett on the way she handled it. By the way, I still say Scarlett is the prettiest woman alive.
Why doesn't one of these guys invite Jen Jameson or Stacey Morgen? Get some action going at this gala jubilee. -Art
This is incredibly lame. Suddenly it's the cool thing to do to get invited to a marine-corps ball. This joke is getting over-played thanks to Hollywood.
No sir you are lame you are just mad you didnt have the balls to do such a thing. You just sit there at home while we defend your freedom ass.
Why is this a joke? I think it's a great way to show support for the amazing thing American men and women are doing for our country. Good for these celebs – I hope everyone has a great time.
Take it from a Marine wife of over 10 years and 5 combat deployments, this IS a joke. These celebrities get invited to the ONE party a year hosted for Marines and their families, and for attending they're called "patriots" and "dediicated citizens," enough to make me gag.
Want to know what I get called, to my face? Baby factory. Good for nothing degenerate. Uneducated w h o r e. Yes, you heard it right. I'm a working, educated professional who married a Marine I love more than life itself, and for that honor I get treated like a baby factory with no education, no prospects, no dignity, and no honor. I'm the one LIVING through these combat deployments, wondering if my husband will come home alive or in a box, and these one-night wonders get kudos for attending a party.
Indeed, its a joke. These celebrities would have NOTHING to do with these Marines if they weren't invited to the ball, the same as most of them the rest of the year when the Marines are working their a s s e s off and deploying to combat zones.
Sergeant Williams you're way out of your asking white women like Betty and Scarlett out they're not going to be seen with you. I'll go out with you,hell we can ditch that lousy ball with all it's pomp and b.s.I know a buffet we can hit all night four 8.99,h*ll what and I saying I know of buffets like that,so what's it gonna be?
I wonder if she keeps moet and chandon in a pretty cabinet?
She's dynamite with a laser beam, in any case.
Sgt.Williams you're a bit old but I am looking for a few 'good' men,i'm not a Hollywood celebrity but I am some what a star on this blog everybody knows me.So if you still need a date...i'm available.
I have no idea why this @sshole is being this way to me...initmidated......i'd say YES......obsessed........why? I don't know....truly strange.......go away dummy...........
I'd like to storm her Tora Bora