Is Mila Kunis trying to get out of her Marine Corps Ball date?

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On Monday, we had the story about Mila Kunis’s reaction to a video request from a Marine stationed in Afghanistan. Sgt. Scott Moore put a video on YouTube asking Mila to be his date for the Marine Corps. Ball in November. Mila was told about the video while doing press for Friends With Benefits, and Justin Timberlake persuaded Mila to accept the invitation. While her acceptance didn’t look super-official or anything, I thought that she would probably keep her word. But now Gawker reports this odd little story from Access Hollywood (I can’t find the video, but you can see it here at Gawker) – Billy Bush claims that Mila won’t be going to the Ball because she has work commitments. BUT – Bush’s claim doesn’t look definite either, and even though Mila might have work commitments, surely she can get a day off to fly to North Carolina, right? Or will Mila find some way to get out of it, just because she didn’t appreciate being put on the spot like that?

Meanwhile, Sgt. Moore, who is still in Afghanistan, heard that Mila accepted his invite, and he gave an interview to explain how the now-infamous video came to be:

Sgt. Scott Moore, the Marine in Afghanistan who will be taking Black Swan actress Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in November, spoke out Tuesday about why he invited the actress in the first place.

“The idea behind my YouTube invitation to Mila Kunis came about after some Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and I were hanging out talking,” Moore said in a statement. “One of the Marines bet that I wouldn’t make the video and post it. Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can’t make shots that you don’t take, so I took the best shot I could.

“The Marines of 3/2, my family and friends back home in Grove City, Pa. have been so supportive, and did a great job of getting the video a lot of attention,” he said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to share the experience with Ms. Kunis and would like thank her for accepting my offer.”

Over the weekend, Kunis said yes while doing publicity for her upcoming film, Friends with Benefits, with Justin Timberlake. Apparently it was Timberlake who encouraged Kunis to agree.

“JT and I had this all planned from the start. He’s been a great wingman; it’s nice to know he can get over the jealousy to help a brother out (just kidding),” Moore said. “Justin Timberlake’s encouragement definitely helped; I owe him one.”

In an e-mail sent to ABC News, Moore admitted that taking Kunis to the ball was a long shot.

“We all talk about what we are going to do when we get back, and this was my dream,” he said. “I do feel bad for putting her on the spot, but it’s not like I was going to bump into her on the streets of Musa Qala between now and the ball.”

Instead, Moore, a data systems technician with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently stationed in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, set up a YouTube page called “Go With Me Mila” and posted a brief video asking the 27-year-old actress to accompany him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

“I always thought I had a chance, and sometimes that’s all you need,” Moore said in a statement.

This year’s ball will be special, not just because Kunis is his date, but also because its the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps and his unit will be home from Afghanistan, Moore said. As for any special plans he has in store for Kunis, “I think I’ll keep that a secret for now; we have to iron out the details.”

[From KNSS Radio]

Yeah… this guy is super-excited. GO WITH HIM, MILA. Don’t cop out. I thought you were cool.

Also: JT got his own invite from a female Marine, Cpl. Kelsey De Santis. She’s not overseas, though! She’s stationed at Quantico, but she wants JT to be her date for the Marine Corps Ball in DC. I don’t find her video as charming as Sgt. Moore’s.

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  1. Esmom says:

    I commented yesterday that I didn’t think her acceptance was exactly wholehearted, so this wouldn’t surprise me at all. I think she was put in the spot by JT more than anyone and her response that she’d do it for him (JT) didn’t exactly smack of enthusiasm.

  2. mia girl says:

    Mila don’t let this guy down!

    And now there is even more upside. JT goes with the female Marine and it instantly becomes a promotional appearance for your Friends with Benefits movie!

  3. Liz says:

    justin’s a twat and Mila seems nice enough but now she’s stuck with the obligation whether she wants it or not. she has to do it

  4. Blue says:

    I really like her and I hope she doesn’t bail. I think she said yes because she was put on the spot and couldn’t say anything other than yes, but I really would like to think she would still go and not use “work commitments” to get out of it.

  5. The Bobster says:

    No takebacks, Mila. It would not look good.

  6. MollyB says:

    I actually really felt for her. She sort of got pressured into saying yes and I didn’t think that was fair. He seems like a nice, excited guy but she doesn’t know him and as a woman, I don’t blame her for not wanting to go on a blind date in another town with a guy she doesn’t know.

  7. Rita says:

    There is nothing but upside for her if she goes. Hope she understands that. Musicans are always going overseas to perform for the troops. Many of them unknowns and only expenses paid.

    This is her chance to say thank you to just one guy protecting her opportunities in Hollywood and the wealth she has. Give back Mila.

  8. the original bellaluna says:

    She’s better NOT be! Talk about costing yourself a lot of goodwill.

  9. Leprechaun says:

    Come on, Mila. Do it for the military. It’s great PR and God knows, the boys in the wars deserve a bit of attention. If you wimp out, it’ll look bad for you.

  10. DoMaJoReMc says:

    I understand that she was ‘put on the spot’, but this Marine took a big leap of faith. He also puts his life on the line for the freedoms that we all (including Kunis)enjoy. It is the VERY least she could do for this man who put himself out there. What would it be? Maybe 5 hours out of ‘busy’ schedule.

    Be an honorable woman, Mila. Make the man’s evening a memorable one.

    @mia girl: AWESOME POINT!!! : )

  11. Dingles says:

    I think if Mila or JT don’t accept these offers they’re wasting some really awesome PR for their new movie and for themselves. That Marine’s video is all over the internet and pretty much the entire military community is aware of it now. They could easily make themselves look good by supporting the troops in this way, all it takes is an evening of their time. I live on a Marine base and honestly, there are less fun people you could spend an evening with.

  12. Anti-icon says:

    There’s a million reasons why Kunis would want to “bag this publicity stunt.” Because security would be an issue; and the social akwardness of giving an entire evening to a dude is a lot to ask.

    However it turns out, the guy should be happy he got his 15 minutes. I mean really, dude.

  13. fabgrrl says:

    Ouch. Publicly put on the spot to accept an invitation, and having to go because you don’t want to hurt a really nice guy’s feelings, even though you don’t want to be there. I’m having flashbacks to Senior Prom.

  14. Marianne says:

    Yeah I watched her reaction video, and seemed like she said “Yes” because she was put on the spot and didn’t want to come across as a bitch for saying “No” on National Television.

  15. kim says:

    I think if Mila dose not want to go she should not. When this story first hit the web that she was asked by the marine to go to the Ball, she seem not really into it and also it was rude of JT to pressure her into doing it for P.R. I say that if she dose not go, the marine will be better off; because who want to be on a date with someone who doesn’t want to be there with you.

  16. Shy says:

    Ha-ha at Justin. He made Mila give that promise. Now he has to go with that lady.

  17. Jenn WInd says:

    There’s a million reasons why Kunis would want to “bag this publicity stunt.” Because security would be an issue; and the social akwardness of giving an entire evening to a dude is a lot to ask.

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    I can;t imagine a more secure place than a room full of Marines though. If you think about it who the heck is going to try and attack that place!!

    I hope she goes, it would be a good thing to give back to the Marines after all they do for us. Plus, imagine how much people would love her, even more, if she does go through with it.

  18. brin says:

    Wow…hope this doesn’t become a trend!

  19. Skins says:

    JT is such an overacting tool

  20. fizXgirl314 says:

    Quite frankly I don’t think it was fair to ambush her like that. Now every joe schmo on the planet is going to try to do something similar. And besides, I hate guys who lust after celebrities. Why don’t you get your ass back down to reality dickhead…

  21. Mari says:

    Aww, I thought the girl’s video was cute. She looked a little embarrased :)

    Since Justin pushed for Mila to go, I think it’s only right that he should too.

  22. Jackson says:

    Yeah, I don’t think it was fair to ambush her either. To me it shows what a total douche JT is. That being said I hope she 1, goes through with it even for an hour or so, and 2, publicly puts JT on the spot to go with that female Marine.

  23. Miss Marie says:

    You can nicely say “I will check my calendar” when put on the spot- even on t.v. Most handlers arrange the schedules of these media types. I work for global Executives and it is totally acceptable to leave it like that. My nephew is leaving for Afghanistan next week – on behalf of him and all our service people, her true colors will show with the way she handles this.

  24. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I doubt she’ll back out. she’ll cost herself a LOT of goodwill (and fan appreciation) if she does.

    now, can we talk about those HOT men standing behind Cpl. deSantis? oooo baby…

  25. fizXgirl314 says:

    oh I just saw the video of the girl. Why were there a bunch of guys in the background trying to look macho? Agh, can you imagine being one of few women working in such a macho environment… Makes me cringe just thinking about it… uhhhhh

  26. Violet says:

    Mila said she’d do it, so I hope she keeps her word!

  27. tango says:

    I kinda think Mila has to keep her word. I’m sorry she felt pressured and on the spot, but to say yes, then say no, won’t do her any good. Just a few hours at the ball would make every Marine want to see her movie(s). I think the goodwill and publicity surely outweighs any downside.

    And turnabout is fair play. She ought to issue a challenge for JT to go with the female Marine.

  28. jdao says:

    Big deal, it’s a few hours – just go! I agree with Rita – give back!

  29. kim says:

    Um what the hell was Mila suppose to say?

    If she said no we’d call her a bitch, so she said yes.

    Honestly if I were her I’d make up an excuse to get out of it.

  30. Charlotte says:

    It was an awkward position for her to be put in – I mean she’s accepted a date to a function she probably knows nothing about with a man she definitely knows nothing about. I hope that she can have some contact with him and be able to go – she’d end up looking really bad if she doesn’t go. Plus if it’s a work thing that’s holding it up, seriously what “boss” would be so much of a douche to say, “No, can’t go…”

  31. lrm says:

    i dont blame her if she does not-for women, it’s tough going out iwth a guy you dont know in another state….geesh people…personal safety wise, though, she could hire security to accompany her-and probably should. Not b/c of the marine himself, but the attention surrounding it will attract many ‘fans’….fans of publicity, that is….

  32. Miss Marie says:

    I would think she’d have her security with her so stop with the lame excuses. This isn’t a “blind date” – it is a highly visible event. There is nothing different than this and stars auctioning off “a moments with them” for charity. President Obama is auctioning off a dinner to a winning donor to his 2012 campaign. Mila is where she is today because of her fanbase. Actors and actresses are a dime a dozen – she got lucky. Showing a little appreciate is a small thing to ask.

  33. lolwut says:

    I didn’t care until I read some of the comments here; Mila doesn’t OWE him/them anything. Some people need to quit acting like playing Hollywood Geisha Gal to some guy who happens to be a marine is some kind of duty that Mila’s bound to. Your self-respect might be circling the drain – that doesn’t mean anyone else’s has to.

  34. ZenB!tch says:

    I feel for Mila – its like a blind date IN PUBLIC. I haven’t seen the video yet but even if the Marine is the hottest or nicest guy ever (or both), I would hate every minute of it.

    As a woman, I’m picturing the second worst (we won’t discuss the worst) being pawed and slobbered on by some strange man.

    Sorry but too many bad dates on Match.com have made me bitter and wary.

  35. lolwut says:

    I didn’t care until I read some of the comments here; Mila doesn’t OWE him/them anything. Some people need to quit acting like playing Hollywood Geisha Gal to some guy who happens to be a marine is some kind of duty that Mila’s bound to. Your self-respect might be circling the drain – that doesn’t mean her’s/anyone else’s has to.

  36. ZenB!tch says:

    @Miss Marie – unless she can bring her entourage, it’s still awkward just having to spend an evening with some dude she hasn’t met and isn’t even the friend of a friend of a friend. Like I said, too many online dates have made me wary. I’ve been in enough socially awkward situations with men I have nothing in common with. I no longer date anyone I haven’t met in person before. The whole situation is making me cringe. I’m getting nauseous from the flashbacks.

  37. Jana says:

    I thought it was cool, until I watched the video and realized Justin shamed her into accepting on TV. I realized she probably didn’t want to do it. It kind of took the luster off of it.

  38. Patricia says:

    I feel sorry for her and don’t blame her for not wanting to go. JT put her on the spot and is an ass for doing so. She was pressured into accepting and now is having doubts – very understandable.

    Leave the poor girl alone. If this guy can’t understand how hard this is for her, then he is an ass too.

    As a woman – or a man for that matter – Never forget this statement:

    “I reserve the right to change my mind.”!!!!!

  39. Miss Marie says:

    Are you serious @ Patricia? “How hard this is for her”?!! You must be kidding. What about how hard it is for our service people who sacrifice their lives for us. And @zentbitch stars know how to schmooze. Getting an acting job is like campaigning. She knows how to work a table. You can’t be in Hollywood and be a wallflower. Talking to strangers is what they do! I do wonder about the education of people on this website. Class is definitely not taught nowawdays…

  40. WhiteNoise says:

    @lolwut – agree. I think it’s kind of pitiful that people would think badly of her for backing out of this considering the way in which she got roped into it. Her choice, and not anyone else’s. The ONLY reason she should do it is if she, herself, independent of any outside influences or public opinion, feels comfortable doing it.

  41. Tierra says:

    I dont think JT should have put her on the spot like that. Those 1st time, set-up/blind dates are nothing but awkward. I wouldnt blame her at all if she backed out or just said No from the beginning. Im always on the cautious and leery side when it comes to this type of thing. No way would I do it but then Ive been in some really awkward dating situations and Id never, EVER do them again.

  42. katnip says:

    YEAH.. I called this on the other thread.. This is now becoming a trend. Which makes this not about a sweet request but more What Celeb can I ask something of?

    And like I said if she is not able to she will be trashed. And it is already starting. See if she can’t go she is a not a good American and does not support the troups. November is a long way away. A million things can happen.

    sad that this is becoming a STunt.

  43. Anti-icon says:

    I didn’t know that JT set this thing up — and neglected to let her in on that. It smacks of his attitude when he also made a GIANT error judgement at half time of superbowl with Janet jackson. Guess who took the heat on that one. Yep, Janet. The FCC was involved. So Timberpussy needs to keep his “stunts” on SNL, because people have their own ideas about how to spend Saturday night. He reminds me of another modern dude — Ashton Kutcher — who enjoys punking, pranks and lacks good sense most of the time.

  44. bugsy says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a win win situation. She’s going on a date in front of hundreds of other people. She’ll eat out with the guy, endure sitting through some sort of ceremony about the military, and that’s about it. No one is saying it’s her duty to sleep with him or marry him. Geez, quit with the Geisha references. She’s a public figure. Public figures are LOOKING for opportunities like this. It has good PR written all over it. I can understand that perhaps it’s not on top of the list of things she’d absolutely love to do, but it would be really great if she’d grin and bear it.
    @Miss Marie: Obama is REALLY going to auction off a dinner w/himself? Uh, lame. He’s supposed to be a politician, not a celebrity. Try getting re-elected on merit and your ability to run the country.

  45. Lee says:

    I totally agree Mila was placed on the spot, but I do think she will go thru with this. She seems super cool and not superficial like many of the Young Hollywood types. Also, turnabout is fair play and Justin should go along also.

  46. Kloops says:

    JT is an ass for doing this to her. The difference between this and a charity auctioned date is that the celebrity has consented ahead of time to the charity function. MK was pressured into this on television. Regardless of how honorable this guy’s job is she doesn’t owe him anything. I think she’ll go through with it bc of the potential backlash if she doesn’t, but I think the set up was unfair from the get-go. And dollars to donuts says JT doesn’t go through with it.

  47. Michael says:

    In the video, Billy Bush says Mila can’t got to the ball but that she’s set up a meeting with him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6xBoMbcJCg

  48. jc126 says:

    I would go to the ball with the Marine in a hot second, but it is totally NOT fair to put someone on the spot like that. Not at all. It’s the principle of the thing – how can she refuse? Really, as honorable and brave as this guy may be, that doesn’t mean it’s okay for him to do this.

  49. Chrissy says:

    The problem for Mila is that there are Marine Corps balls at all different locations on different dates. Even if she can’t make that particular date, she would be able to fly him out to attend a different one. It will be terrible if she ends up flaking out on this.

  50. Scarlet Vixen says:

    Okay, I have a couple things to say on this: First, a room full of Marines is NOT necessarily the safest place to be. I’ve been a (female) soldier for over 13 years, and while I love my country, love my Army, and respect all troops as a whole, unfortunately male servicemen can be creeps sometimes, too. SGT Moore seems like a nice guy, but please do not think that all Marines are. That being said, I’m sure that if Ms Kunis goes thru with it, she will have an entourage with her–including security–and won’t have to worry.

    Second: I doubt she’s worried about being feeling ‘nervous’ or ‘awkward.’ Schmoozing with all kinds of people–well-known or complete strangers–is a big part of a celebrity’s job. She can handle a couple hours (I seriously doubt she’d stay the whole night) with a guy, some of his buddies, and her entourage in tow.

    Third: I used to like her alot until I read about her recent GQ interview and she pulled the same, “Oh, you have NO IDEA what it’s like for women in this business–it’s SO HARD to be attractive. Waah, waah, waah” crap that the Jessicas (Biel and Alba) pull. Ya know, the article in the magazine on the cover of which she appears in her panties. I so dislike her now. Ugh…

  51. Patricia says:

    Yes it is hard for her @Marie. Or perhaps awkward would have been a better choice of words. Either way, she should not have to go if she does not want to go. Period. It has nothing to do with class or education. A woman has the right to change her mind and say NO – and not be railroaded into awkward situations. Even celebrities.

    She did not promise to take a sick kid to Disneyworld. She promised a grown man a date. Let’s put this in perspective.

    And finally – yes, as a DISABLED ARMY VETERAN, I very well understand “how hard it is for our service people who sacrifice their lives for us.” I understand it more than most – I did it for 8 years – and will live with the pain for the rest of my life.

    So with all due respect – again – leave her alone.

  52. Anne de Vries says:

    I hated the way she was shoved into that. Going on a date with a guy you’ve never met is nerve-wracking enough, but going on a blind date with a *fan* (and in a crowd of fans or at least admirers) really changes the dynamic. Because she wouldn’t just be this dude’s date, she’ll end up in the spotlight of an event she has no role in and the context could make that super awkward and uncomfortable. Man, I’m having half an anxiety attack just contemplating it. Yikes.

  53. Lucky Charm says:

    If Mila doesn’t want to go, I will!

  54. Shellymay says:

    That punk ass JT set her up for this fall. He’s a candy ass mama’s boy that still acts like a 12yr old.

    Mila should just go the ball for an hour and just say she is really tight on time.

    I would also call a press confrence to say that JT agreed to go on a date with the service woman. (Even though he did not accept just to give him a taste of his own medicine!)
    Punk as bitch.

  55. MissM says:

    How many of you go to a ball with a complete stranger who asked you on Youtube? She has no obligation to follow through if she doesn’t want to just because his in the military.

  56. Louiset says:

    It was obvious that Mila was half-hearted when she accepted and kind of joking when she said yes. I don’t think she thought anybody would take it seriously. Also if she does have scheduling conflicts, I’m sure she can’t just not show up for filming or interviews at the last minute. She would probably get sued for holding up filming for a non-legitimate reason or not living up to her contractual agreement concerning interviews/appearrances.

  57. Carolyn says:

    She could go for at least 30 mins. Put on a fab frock look fantastic and have fun Mila. Very bad PR not to turn up. Katy Perry turned a 10-min appearance at an Australian year 12 formal (for US people that’s our “prom”) whilst out her doing a promo tour into massive PR.

  58. Bopa says:

    Didn’t he admit that he made the vid on a bet. I wouldn’t want to be baited into a date based on a bet.

  59. Bopa says:

    @bugsy

    You’d have to assume that her personality would allow her to be comfortable in that type of setting. At the end of the day she can make her own decisions no one should put her down for saying no and JT shouldn’t have put her on the spot.

  60. xxodettexx says:

    when i first heard about this, my first thought was “cute, hope she does it” but i have been reading some interesting points on view on some feminist blogs like shakesville and jezebel [yeah, i know i know] and a few of the comments/points made by the bloggers and/or commentors have made me change my mind about it and now i just feel bad that mila was put in this awful situation by JT… i just dont see myself being disappointed in her if she decides to skip out on this, not anymore at least…

  61. Chris says:

    I’m a Mila fan but she doesn’t look like anything special in that third photo. If I passed her on the street looking like that I probably wouldn’t give her a second look.

    Re the whole support the troops deal I agree with what Noam Chomsky said:

    “The point of public relations slogans like “Support Our Troops” is that they don’t mean anything [...] that’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody is going to be against and I suppose everybody will be for, because nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. But its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something, do you support our policy? And that’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.”

  62. Sloane Wyatt says:

    JT is a major AssHat.

    That being said, Mia – Don’t be an indian giver!

    I agree with all the posts that she was pressured; however, Mila is a big girl and could have said NO to JT’s antics. Now, be a class act and follow through on your agreement to go to the ball.

  63. Samantha says:

    What if she truly does have work commitments? Mila Kunis is way in demand right now, and getting out of filming may be out of her control. It may cost the production time/money, or depending on her value to the project, could cost her the job altogether. As much as it would be great for her to get out and show support of the Marines/this Marine, maybe she truly can’t. It’s unfair, but it was unfair of Justin to put her on the spot.

  64. Daphne says:

    I think she will go because the whole thing obviously is a media stunt. JT may be an idiot but he has been in this show business for a long time since he was a teenager. I bet he and Kunis (or their publicists) were talking about this before he brought it up in public and “put her on the spot.”

    Will she go or will she not? This topic will keep everyone interested until November. Smart.

  65. WickedSteppMom says:

    My brother is a Marine & is a great guy, but I know plenty of his “brothers” from the Corps who are complete jarhead jackasses that I wouldn’t want to be alone with. My father-in-law is a (retired) Marine & his twin brother was Marine (KIA in Vietnam.) We have more Marines in the family, as well as Army, so I’m definitely supportive of the military. However, I would slap the crap out of any one of my family members who felt the need to publicly embarrass & pressure ANY woman into going out with them.

  66. Ambergesa says:

    I appreciate all the support the troops fervor but how abour we make calls to our representatives to materially support them ie allow then to get into pstd therapy in shorter then ten months, support pay increases and such. But she or no other woman owes her physiacal company to a marine. I dated one when I was 19 & naive went to a party at his superior officers and was sexually assaulted by that superior officer while sleeping next to his young child then pressured to not report it so I didn’t hurt the guys career I was

  67. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    @Chris
    I think the whole point of the “Support Our Troops” campaign is that regardless of whether people believe, agree, or disagree in whatever campaign(s) that’s being fought at the time, that the public will continue to be supportive of the service members. The things Vietnam vets returning from war had to endure was pretty horrific and that shouldn’t happen ever again. I do think people have taken the slogan and bastardized it by claiming if you do/don’t do something then you’re not supporting the troops and un-American. That’s not right to do that.

    But eh, she’s in such an awkward situation. Even if she declines due to whatever reason, hopefully she can do it in a more personal way than just a quick statement by her PR team.

  68. Cakes says:

    First things first: There is no place safer than a room full of Marines. Second things second: The Marine Corps Ball can be very dry, 2/3 of the ball is pomp and circumstance (Im a ball veteran). Third things third: SHE AGREED TO GO!!!!! If she was unsure she could have said “let me check my schedule”. So much for that article about her “not caring about her image”. I think she should go. Its pretty cool to see Marine Corps ceremonies and the boys do look hot in their blues. Suck it up and go Mila!!!!

  69. Zoe says:

    It sounds like she was put on the spot and pressured. She doesn’t have any obligation to do this for the soldier, regardless of his profession. If he did an awesome video that was original and a song and dance number even, or mentioned her full name instead of just Mila, which could have technically been anyone with the same first name, the video was pretty unofficial in and of itself. I’m sure it’s good PR for her career and new movie, but I certainly wouldn’t fault the girl for not doing it. When you have a movie coming out, there are endless photoshoots, press junkets, touring, and promotion that has to be done and NC is on the opposite coast. It would be cute, but I can see how it’s not practical.

  70. taylor says:

    I’m totally on board with the sentiment that she was pressured, and really ambushed in a situation, that she may have not handled the best, but nonetheless was an unfair position to place her.

    The person that really should be taking the heat for this is her publicst, who was in the room during the taping of the press junket. Even if Mila knew nothng of the video, her publicst did and it’s her job to prep her clients about this. And if nothing else, since she was standing in the room and the question was posed she could have told Mila we can’t make commitments right now. I’m sorry, but this is the exact kind of situation you pay a publicst for, and she did a lousy job. So far the Publicist still seems to be doing a poor job with it.

    The Marine has been quoted as saying the video was made on a bet, not that it was a total joke, but I don’t think it was meant that seriously either. It is perfectly understandable for any number of reasons if she chooses to not do it. It has been reported if she can’t go due to a scheduling conflict she will still find a way to meet with him.

  71. Lady D says:

    Maybe she shut Justin down and being the immature individual that he is, saw an opportunity to get even and pulled this underhanded stunt.
    Or maybe he’s a really nice guy and saw this a a chance to do something for the troops. Although if he felt that way, he could have done something himself. Never mind.

  72. Anonymous says:

    C’mon, girl, do it! He’s been fighting a war; do the guy a favor and make his year by going. it’s not like you ever have to be alone with him; you can have an assistant or security go with you. plus, it’ll be great publicity!

  73. BabyCakes says:

    Oh JC Mila just go with him. It won’t hurt you. If you can get all dressed up for a boring movie premier, you can surely get dressed up for a ball. You will look like a bitch if you don’t go so there.

  74. eternalcanadian says:

    Oh dear, that really would not be nice if Mila said yes to the date then backs out? I am guessing she felt pressured by Justin, and it was a pretty public “ask Mila on a date” thing. Justin better fix things and soon!

  75. feebee says:

    Movie star or not she’s still a young woman who may now be dreading an event she was badgered into by a guy trying to look cool by ‘helping a brother out’. JT was super quick to say he wouldn’t go.

    I’m glad I’m not the first to suspect or suggest a room full of Marines isn’t what I’d consider a safe environment.

  76. aggielena says:

    did no one see black swan?

  77. Bopa says:

    She didn’t officially say yes to the date and she was pressured live to give a response. I don’t know about Mila but I’m the kind of person that if I don’t want to do something I won’t do it. It’s her choice, leave her alone.

  78. tvcon says:

    She’s not obligated to go end of story.

  79. Addie says:

    It would be a really bad reflection on her if she didn’t go.

    She always portrays herself as down to earth and just a normal person.
    Now this would look like a ‘diva’ move.

    Don’t wanna go? Fine then DON’T accept the invite,pressured or not.Now you will look bad and you got someones hopes up who felt a big wish came true.

  80. Jazz says:

    Who the hell let Timberdouche into movies?? He should go on a date with that female marine – those dudes in the background look like they could snap him like a twig. Now that would be entertaining!

  81. the original bellaluna says:

    @ GradStudent – Right. I may not agree with the politics (or politicians) behind whatever “conflict” is going on right now, but I sure as hell support our men & women involved in it. They are following orders (as they are sworn to do); they are not the ones making the decisions as to where or what to fight for.

    My USMC, Retired, dad had a shirt that said “I may not agree with your opinion, but I’ll fight for your right to stick it!” (I think he wore a “clean” version around me.) :D

  82. Alex says:

    “Or will Mila find some way to get out of it, just because she didn’t appreciate being put on the spot like that?”
    I’m sorry, I’ve loved this blog and many of the commenters for a long time, but after a gazillion lame “cute or tragic?” post this one just pushes me over the edge and I am taking it out of my reader.
    Why should she not “get out of it”? She shouldn’t have to go on a date with a complete stranger, only because you seem to think it would be great PR for her movie, or because he is a soldier. It was his career choice, and I don’t think American women are automatically obliged to go on dates with any soldier who just asks them to. Not even if Justin Timberlake feels it’s a good idea to play the pimp. And ESPECIALLY not if said soldier vaguely hints at “special plans” he might have for her. For f*cks sake, she’s a grown woman, don’t you think she should be allowed to decide who she goes out with?

  83. Jilly Bean says:

    all those dumbass starlets should be served to those guys busting their chops for freedom… they are the real heros not hollywood flaky actors

  84. NicoleAM says:

    If she goes that would be an incredibly nice gesture. However, she doesn’t have to go. To all the women on this board shouting otherwise, if a strange man you didn’t know approached you on the street and said, “I’m in the army (marines etc) will you go out with me and you can’t say no because that would be unpatriotic and prove you are a selfish c**t who doesn’t appreciate the sacrifice I’m making for our country!” You mean to tell me you’d all say yes? Yeah. Right.

  85. michael bays comb over says:

    just want to say i agree with lolwut and a lot of others that say she doesnt owe this guy anything and she clearly looked pressured into saying yes. it wasnt sweet it was cringeworthy. furthermore JT is a total asshat-who the &*&%&% is he to offer SOMEONE ELSES CONSENT?!

    also thank you Patricia and NicoleAM-totally agree!

  86. Anti-icon says:

    #71 Taylor. This is an area in which I do have some professional experience. Publicity is generally a “shared” professional expense and endeavor when stars are promoting a movie. Typically, personal publicists will hand over publicity for a film to the film company publicity department. Who would then “coordinate” with the individual star’s publicists. In this case, Mila was PROBABLY represented by the film company publicity machine, and they SHOULD have been in on this idea; but it is MORE PROBABLE that Justin Timberlake ran it on his own — his personal publicist. That’s my read on it. As a casual observer.

  87. The Bobster says:

    I’m reminded of the “Happy Days” episode where Richie Cunningham had a date with Cheryl Ladd, one of her many “dates” that night. As it was, she was already married but these dates were good PR.

  88. Moses says:

    @ anti-icon …. security ?? an issue ?
    how do you figure ? We are talking about the Marine Corps Ball .. you dont think the security is going to be utmost priority ? Forget some silly actress , theres gonna be whole battalions there

  89. Moses says:

    SGT. SCOTT MOORE should sue her for breach of contract … it’s the American way

  90. HotLatino says:

    @Moses security as in they can rape her. If I were her I would take like 50 bodyguards with me

  91. taylor says:

    @anti-icon
    Thanks for the info!

    And in a SHOCKING development, it turns out Bush was wrong, and this never should have been a story, she IS going.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw9Qys2f7ac

  92. bugsy says:

    No, she doesn’t HAVE to do it, but it would be NICE if she did. Especially now that she said yes. It would make her look like an absolute queen in the media. And I’m sorry, but she’s a celebrity. No, I probably wouldn’t go on my own if I’d been asked. She won’t BE on her own. She’ll have her own people there to safeguard and protect her. She’ll have a private plane in and out. Like I said, win win. Is JT a douche? Yeah…is grass green? He shouldn’t have done it to her. But it’s done with and the only place to go is up.

  93. bugsy says:

    @taylor: that video is awesome. thanks for posting. I hope people come back to this thread so they can see it. Or maybe celebitchy can post it?!? She’s mortal (though she doesn’t look it) and I’m sure she’s flawed, but she is handling this with tremendous grace and you can tell she’s not buying into the hype that’s being made about her. Hope that lasts, as it makes her unbelievably more attractive than looks ever could (that moment when everyone starts applauding her and she shushes them? She is f***ing rad). I say bravo.

  94. well men in wars really deserve attention from pretty woman as their tribute anyway:p
    hahahah!
    so go mila you can do that and saying yes well make a difference…

  95. Ramona Q says:

    SOLUTION: Justin goes with the marine to the ball dressed as a ballerina.

  96. alecia moore says:

    since hes pushing mila to go he should too nothin wrong and the girl in the vid is so cute

  97. alecia moore says:

    btw sorry too ask but what color are milas eyes

  98. Beth says:

    So when are they going to post the followup that at a press conference she said that she absolutely WAS going and Billy Bush made the whole thing up