Thanks to Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis this has turned into one terrific story and an opportunity to finally write a series of positive posts about Hollywood in the tradition of the original Hollywood Canteen, an organization created by Bette Davis, John Garfield and others with the idea being to boost troop morale with a special place just for them where they could mingle with the stars. The price of admission: a uniform.
Not only have Timberlake and Kunis graciously accepted these charming invitations from two United States Marines, they’ve done so with class. Hopefully, this will start to spread and after ten long years of war some others in Tinseltown might decide to put aside partisan politics and show a similar graciousness to the men and women who make their artistic freedom possible. Which isn’t to say that some like Gary Sinise haven’t been there from the beginning.
The Daily Mail:
In a twist straight out of a fairy tale, Justin Timberlake has accepted a servicewoman’s invitation to the Marine Corps Ball. …
‘I’ll tell you what, I accept,’ the 30-year-old told reporters at a junket in Cancun, Mexico today of Kelsey De Santis’s request that he accompany her to the Washington, D.C. ball.
‘But not because she shouted out one of my songs, which I do love,’ he joked, De Santis referenced his hit Cry Me A River in her video invite.
‘And not because she had all those beefcake military guys behind her to intimidate me.’
The reason, Timberlake asserted is: ‘I don’t get asked out. Ever. So I was very flattered by that.’
‘If my schedule works out to do it, I’d love to do it. It’s an honour.’
Despite reports to the contrary, Kunis, 27 , also confirmed that she will, in fact, be attending the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C. with Sgt. Scott Moore.
My detractors might not believe this, but I much prefer covering these kinds of stories over all the negative stuff.
Dear Hollywood: More, please.