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.