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Thanks to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, everyday people now have an easy way to get in contact with their favorite celebrities -- and tons of superfans have been putting that power to good use. It seems all you have to do to get a date with a movie star or supermodel these days is to create a funny video asking them out -- and, of course, somehow get it go viral.
Kate Upton is the latest star to receive such an invitation. A Los Angeles high school senior made a hilarious video asking the Sports Illustrated model to go to prom with him. "I'm Jewish, 5'9" on a really good day –- and I can't dance. At all," the 17-year-old jokes. "You're Christian, 5'10", and that Cat Daddy video should have won an Oscar for best short film. You could say this is destiny."
It didn't take long for Upton, 20, to watch the video and respond via Twitter: "You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video! I'll check my schedule ;)," she posted on March 19. But Jake's good fortune didn't end there. The next morning he appeared via satellite on the Today show to talk about his video. But he was surprised to find out that Kate Upton was also calling in to the show to personally thank him for the invite.
Poor Jake looked like he was about to have a heart attack when he heard his crush's voice on the line. When Hoda Kotb pressured him to make his pitch, he went all out. "It'll be a great evening. I could even get my curfew extended possibly, I'll ask my parents," he said. "What time should I pick you up?"
"Well I definitely just have to check my schedule, but you seem like so much fun," she replied. "If everything works out, I'd love to go with you. I think we'd have a blast."
If Kate does accept, she'll be in good company. The whole trend seemed to take off with people asking celebrities to Marine Corps Balls. Scarlett Johansson turned down an invite in July 2011 but sent her lucky invitee a bottle of champagne, while Betty White also passed on an invite because she had a work commitment. But Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Kim Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari all accepted invitations.
And it didn't stop there. Jason Segel also accepted an invitation to meet a "sane, tested and disease-free" fan for a drink.
Watch some of the best pleas below:
This trend is awesome because it's wonderful to see celebrities doing nice things for their fans -- and, really, it's a win-win situation for everyone. After all, what do Timberlake or Upton have to lose by dressing up and hitting the town with someone who just wants to tell them how great they are? Plus, the fact that other people have succeeded with these invitiations gives all of us hope that we could score an amazing celebrity hangout.
Speaking of which... Jennifer Lawrence, if you're listening, I'm totally down for some quality hang time. (And just know that I could have asked Ryan Gosling -- but I'd rather go out with my girl crush, instead!)