Last week, it became entirely predictable that scores of Marines would take to the Internet this year to ask their favorite celebrity the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.
After all, it famously worked for Sgt. Scott Moore, who will be taking one Mila Kunis to the ball for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. It later worked for Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, who leveraged Kunis’ invitation to convince her “Friend with Benefits” co-star, Justin Timberlake, to attend her ball this fall in Washington, D.C.
The successful invites first gave rise to Sgt. Ray Lewis — perhaps jokingly — inviting former Golden Girl Betty White. As you might expect, however, there is now a growing list of other celebrities who have received YouTube invites from Marines, with varying degrees of class, originality and humor.
What follows is the good, the bad and the ugly for Marine Corps ball invitations, with thanks to the Twitter account of Mike Dowling, a Marine veteran.
First, Cpl. Michael Sullivan decided to ask Emma Stone, who appeared in “Superbad,” “Zombieland” and other movies:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWQUil5VyvA&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
Cpl. Brenton Gunning went with Hayden Panettierre of “Heroes” fame for his invitation:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ4Nq2yvww8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
This Marine decided to invite Lindsay Lohan… although he may have confused her with Miley Cyrus:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q67WiKLaDfc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
And these Marine chefs decided to invite Nicky Minaj. No word on whether they’ll cook for her.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYQKDhdZ-OI&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
This female Marine asked rapper Drake to go with her. Her husband must be thrilled.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCZpWg2r2E&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
Another female Marine, another invitation for Drake:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8rzPiEpfm8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
Cpl. Bates asks Hugh Hefner to get him a ball date with all of his Playboy Bunnies. Shockingly, his jaw appears to be wired shut due to some unfortunate party accident:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3SfSltMbgc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
Finally, this Marine takes a minute of his “not very busy day” to ask Scarlett Johansson.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-XQW_-1k-8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
Several other Marines had invitations posted, but their videos were subsequently removed. I assume a gunnery sergeant somewhere may be involved.
Surely, we’ve exhausted all possibility of originality with this phenomenon… right?