Scarlett Johansson is one of at least four people to have been emotionally-blackmailed with a publicly-available invite to a marine corps ball. Mila Kunis said yes under duress from Friends With Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake. Then Timberlake was invited by some thirsty girl marine and he had to say yes or lose face.
Then some guy got thirsty and invited Betty White, who said no.
Now ANOTHER guy, who must be dying of thirst, asked Johansson and she said no too. Because working the first time means you need to ask every A-lister whom IMDb suggests may have a gap in their schedule, Sgt. Dustin L. Williams invited Johansson. She gave a rather quick and firm no. Good for her, frankly. In a day or two people will forget she was even invited. She shouldn’t be forced to go, on fear of bad publicity, just because a stranger asked. No matter who he is.
With all respect to people with more bravery in their pinky than I do in my whole body, this looked desperate and cajoling/ coaxing after the first video. The first marine did it for a bet and he looked lucky, not desperate. Everyone since then… well, you know. Ick.
Asked by Zap2It, who somehow got the exclusive on all of this, Sgt. Williams opined, “If I was told she could not attend, I would understand. I would not believe the invitation would be denied without good cause. With her current career I would imagine Scarlett Johansson is a busy woman.”
As a consolation prize, she sent him a case of the booze brand she represents… meaning it was probably free or leftover. Sloppy, free seconds, FTW.
“I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams. Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for film making,” Johansson said in a statement.
“Sgt. Williams, unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moet and Chandon with gratitude. In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation.” - via Zap2It.