With Rhonda Rousey accepting Jarrod Haschert’s invite to this year’s Marine Corps Ball, thanks in part to some pressure by TMZ, so returns one of 2011’s most ubiquitous trends, Marines asking out celebrities via YouTube video. With the flurry of videos that were posted that year, it was inevitable that some would end up declining, but they always seemed to do so gracefully. Others accepted the invite and attended the event arm-in-arm with their dates.
We look at some of the more notable occasions of this phenomenon that’s almost certain to make a comeback in 2015 thanks to Haschert’s success.
Sgt. Scott Moore Asks Mila Kunis
At just under 20 seconds, (and a whopping 4.5 million views), Sgt. Scott Moore, who was stationed in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, at the time, cut right to the chase, asking out movie star (and Uproxx darling) Mila Kunis. She accepted his invite, thanks to some coercing from then-costar Justin Timberlake. Regardless, she kept true to her word and attended the gala with Moore, who said that “it was a blast.”
Corp. Kelsey De Santis Asks Justin Timberlake
Another concise, to the point video, Corporal Kelsey De Santis wasted no time asking out Justin Timberlake, even telling him to “cry me a river” should he decline. Timberlake accepted the invite, and by all accounts was the perfect date. He went on to say that “what happened then took me by such surprise that I was almost brought to tears… I was truly moved” when watching the tribute video to the men and women who served.