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If you're going to ask out a celebrity via the Internet, you might as well aim high -- which is why Sgt. Ray Lewis is asking Betty White to the Marine Corps Ball! With his YouTube video, Lewis joins two other Marines who have attempted to woo celebrities -- Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, respectively -- into attending the annual event. Watch Sgt. Lewis's video below!
Okay, we know what you're thinking: This one seems kind of jokey compared to the others. It's not shot on a military base, and that dress uniform has a suspicious number of medals. Is this guy serious? Is he even a Marine?
Though we can't verify that he's telling the truth, Sgt. Lewis writes in his video description that he's a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. His bio names him as a Marine and a hip-hop artist; in fact, he claims to be performing at his Marine Corps Ball (although again, we couldn't find anything to verify this). He's also responded to skeptics in the video comments and via Twitter, where he wrote: "This is not a parody. Im serious."
Whether he's for real or not, Lewis' reasons for inviting 89-year-old Betty to the ball are certainly sound. "She's funny, she's sweet, she's mature, she's the all-around perfect woman," he says. "I think we could laugh together."
Really, who would be more fun to take to a formal event than Betty White? She'd crack dirty jokes, get fawned over by everyone, and we bet she even knows how to foxtrot!
White hasn't responded to the invite, but if she says yes, she'll be in good company. On Friday, Justin Timberlake sweetly -- if tentatively-- accepted Cpl. Kelsey De Santis' invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., telling reporters, "I don't get asked out. Ever. So, I was very flattered by that." Watch Timberlake's full response below!
As for Mila Kunis, there were reports that she had reneged on her promise to attend the North Carolina ball with Sgt. Scott Moore, whose YouTube video kicked off this whole trend. But at that same Friends With Benefits junket on Friday, Mila assured reporters that, yes, she is still going. Watch her response -- in which she bashes Access Hollywood's Billy Bush -- below!
"Do not believe what Billy Bush says... I accepted an invitation and I'm staying true to my word," said Kunis. "I got permission to be released from work for the day, so I'm flying in and flying out."
Of course, Mila Kunis saying "yes" has opened the floodgates -- in the past few days, at least a dozen Marines have posted their own invitations, requesting dates from celebs like Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Hayden Panettiere, Nicki Minaj, Woody Harrelson and even Oprah Winfrey! If they accept, this may be the first year in history that the Marine Corps Ball needs a red carpet.