Another Slippery Slope

Ok, there have been a LOT of these happening lately. This particular video is of a lady Airman(?) asking Tim Tebow to a Military Ball in Louisiana. But there have been others, asking Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, even Betty White.

When I heard about the first one, maybe a year or so ago, I thought, “how cute. I hope the celeb says yes,” and “it’s about time Hollywood started giving some time to the Troops.” But then there was a deluge. Everyone was asking a celebrity to a ball. And now my position has changed on it.

I still think it’s a cool thing, if a celeb agrees to go. It’s a fulfillment of most teenage dreams to walk into that ball with That Star on your arm. But I’m really kind of over the whole public spectacle of asking a celebrity via You Tube. First, it’s putting that celebrity on the spot (more on this in a minute), and second, we’re getting to a point where celebs are going to have to say no, just because how do you choose? When two or three or ten people record a video asking you to go, who gets the “yes”?

I have started looking at this like I view the Jumbotron Marriage Proposal. Guy takes girl to basketball game. The “Kiss Cam” zooms in on them, and guy drops to a knee and proposes. Girl is shocked – this is WAAAY too soon, and she knows he’s only doing it to get on that stupid camera, but what is she supposed to do? Say yes now, so as not to humiliate him, but then have to say no later? Say no and completely humiliate him, thereby probably wrecking the relationship forever?

In the celeb-YouTube Invite, particularly this one inviting Tim Tebow, I can see trouble a-brewing. Tim is already a highly controversial figure, since he has the audacity to pray and confess his belief in God. What is going to happen if he doesn’t want to attend the ball with this girl, for whatever reason? Suddenly, the press will paint him as even more evil than he already is. Unless he has an ironclad ‘previous engagement’, how can he turn her down?

I wish they’d stop these. Maybe Hollywood should set up some sort of channel for reaching celebs. Maybe Match.com could donate some bandwidth to matching up soldiers with sympathetic Celebs, I don’t know. But this public thing is getting old. Or maybe I’m just being a crochety old grouch, because I want to go to a ball with a celebrity.

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7 Responses to Another Slippery Slope

  1. SKL says:

    We can be old and crotchety together. How do you go on a date with someone you don’t even know? Makes no sense. Have dinner with, maybe.

    Honestly, I think I may be on another planet as far as this goes. I don’t get it at all.

  2. mssc54 says:

    Well I, for one, wouldn’t date any of those guys.

  3. Joy says:

    When this happened for the first time, I thought “oh no, what are people starting?” The talk at that “other site” got nasty. Wasn’t Mila Kunis the first one? Then Justin Timberlake came right after that same week. I think. I said that it wasn’t fair to those people. What if they had a significant other? Married? I mean really.

    There are a lot of things to consider and while it all sounds so wonderful and cozy, I really don’t feel it’s right to expect a “movie star” to accommodate someone “just because” they’re in the military or for any other reason for that matter. What about people who are dying or people who’ve lost a loved one? Or someone who lost their home in a natural disaster? This can really spider out.

    I know how much we owe the military but I think it’s unfair of some of these young people to assume a movie star, regardless of other plans or their real life, should just drop everything, pay a lot of money for outfits and travel plans to accommodate you. I think it’s very selfish and a huge act of self entitlement. Not to mention the spotlight you put on them “IF” they have to say no. I mean people were threatening to boycott Mila Kunis because she was supposed to start filming a movie and the backlash led her to change her mind. How fair is that?

    I left the conversation “over there” because once drastic sides are drawn, nobody likes to back down and now we still have it going on and I really don’t think it should be allowed. These celebrities are real people just like we are and it’s unfair to ask something like this of them.

  4. Joy says:

    Also, I don’t think it’s necessarily the right thing to do “set people up” with people we or they don’t know. We don’t know if these people are “good” people. What if someone got raped or hurt in some way? We don’t know why some people join the military and we don’t know if a celeb is going into the bathroom to snort coke. I’ve known a lot of people in my life who joined the military because it was their last hope. We don’t know these people.

  5. Nikki says:

    At first, I thought, “How sweet!” But now, this is too much and is it ever going to end. Celebs shouldn’t feel obligated to take someone to the senior ball, because they’re famous. I don’t think that’s right. And Joy brought up great points, no one really knows these people, the celebrities or the people in the military! I hate when one awesome, sweet gesture is then taken to the extreme and it’s not so sweet anymore.

  6. Laura says:

    I didn’t mention it in the post, but you make a good point, Joy… what if Tebow has a girlfriend? He seems like the kind of guy where even this kind of “innocent” date is still a date, and that wouldn’t set well with him. He might consider it infidelity. But he also doesn’t want to “out” his girlfriend, considering all the crap that NFL QB Girls get. (Remember all the crap that Jessica Simpson got when she was dating whats-his-name? The Dallas QB. It was *all her fault* that they were losing games.)

    I don’t have a problem with celebs going to these balls with the Military. I think it’s kind of cool, actually. But this trend of asking via YouTube, and making it as public as possible is ridiculous. It would be nice if a channel could be set up for interested Celebs. Like I said, maybe Match.com could get involved… match a Star with a General or something. Hah!! Get it? Star-General!! HAH… hah… oh, nevermind. *I* thought it was funny.

  7. Joseph says:

    First time occurance is interesting and ingenious(not that it personally fancies me). Second+ time is nothing more than a cheap copy cat.

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