Mila Kunis, Virginia Madsen, Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Berkley, and Kate Bosworth have a pair of something I certainly do not have. It is titled hetero-something-or-other. . .
All day long, visitors have been trickling over to the ol’ blog looking for “Kelsey de Santis.” And I wondered: what the heck has the good Corporal done now? She already double-barrel shotgunned Justin Timberlake into going as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. I can’t imagine anything else attracting such attention. Could she have been thrown in the brig? Been deployed?
Nope. Turns out the Corporal has been chosen as one of the dozen Faces of the Year by the BBC. In case you forgot, here is the good Corporal:
Whoops, that is not Corporal de. That is:
One of Spain’s richest and flamboyant women, the Duchess of Alba married again at the age of 85 to a civil servant, Alfonso Diez Carabantes, 24 years her junior. The wedding took place at a palace in Seville from which she emerged to dance flamenco. The Duchess is said to be worth more than $4bn.
Take two, without further ado, hailing from the Corps, Marine division, Corporal de Santis:
Ach, what the heck is going on with the media department tonight? That is:
Sweetie (Tian Tian), along with her fellow giant panda Sunshine, was welcomed at Edinburgh airport with cheers and bagpipes after the pair’s 11-hour journey from Chengdu in western China. Their arrival is the culmination of five years of lobbying by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the British government. Even the four pilots wore kilts in the pandas’ honour. The pandas are on loan for a decade at a cost of £600,000 per year.
Take three. Weighing in from the Department of the Navy, Marine Corps (olive) branch, Corporal Kelsey de Santis:
And the wordy wordage:
A US Marine from Virginia, Corporal Kelsey de Santis, had a dream come true when actor and singer Justin Timberlake accepted her YouTube appeal that he take her to the Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Virginia. The combat instructor was inspired to invite him after Timberlake had publicly encouraged his friend and Hollywood star Mila Kunis to accept a similar invitation from a serviceman. “It was wonderful, a really good experience,” she said after the event. Although she said there was no goodnight kiss.
No goodnight kiss? What about a goodnight arm-bar? Ach, none of our business. Go read the others. That’s all, folks!
I ran across pictures of two celebrities, the singer Rihanna and the actress Mila Kunis, tonight. The first one, of Rihanna, I had to doctor somewhat. I think you can tell what is behind the blue rectangle. The original can be found here:
Okay, so both ladies were born outside the United States. Rihanna moved here from Saint Michael, Barbados, when she was sixteen. And Mila Kunis moved to Los Angeles when she was seven from Chernivtsi in the Ukrainian SSR.
Rihanna is filming Battleship. Just Jared, a pop website, decribed the movie as:
Rihanna and co-star Taylor Kitsch take on the roles of naval officers as they shoot scenes for their new movie, Battleship, in Oahu, Hawaii.
No details have been spilled about Ri’s character but Alexander Skarsgard will play a straight and narrow naval officer while Taylor will be the wildly spirited naval officer who idolizes his brother. Supermodel Brooklyn Decker also stars!
First things first, Rihanna is not playing a naval officer, she is a Petty Officer. Look at her cover and collar on the left. Probably a Petty Officer Second Class. Or perhaps a Third Class?
Rihanna needs to understand that her role is bigger than herself. Her behavior in flicking off the camera is reprehensible. I particularly liked what my Shipmate here said:
I do have a more specific issue though, Rihanna and her behavior in a U.S. Navy uniform. I’m sure she couldn’t begin to understand the commitment it takes to earn the right to wear that uniform so I’ll give her a pass. As a black female NAVY veteran honorably discharged it’s disrespectful to see someone taking my uniform as a joke or just regular clothing.
Enough with that nonsense. Mila Kunis, star of That ’70s Show and Black Swan (with the kisser, Natalie Portman), and date to Sergeant Moore at his Marine Corps Ball, was nothing but classy at the event. Much like Justin Timberlake was with Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Smart move on both their parts. Free publicity is priceless. A Marine Corporal and a Captain had the following to say:
“A bunch of us are going to go our separate ways and us as a battalion, we’re going to spend this night together and just celebrate Marine Corps birthday under traditions we do for the Marine Corps everyday,” said Corporal William Steffy.
But the Marines admitted having Ms. Kunis here, was an honor in itself.
“She’s going to get a chance to learn about the Marine Corps and we’re all going to have a great time celebrating the Marine Corps birthday,” said Captain Scott Sasser.
Good job, Mila. You really plastered a smile on that Marine’s face. We can now forgive you for dating Macaulay Culkin for eight (8) years. . .
Of the event, he had this to share. It:
“turned out to be one of the most moving evenings I’ve ever had.”
As for De Santis? “She seemed to be so humble and honest… Very cool.”
Speaking of the battle-hardened Corporal, she tweetered:
The ball was epic! Had a wonderful time.
Apparently she just fought in a MMA fight three weeks ago. Her promo material is here, with the picture to the right.
This remains one of the feel-good stories of the last couple weeks in military-land. Both the Marine Corps and Justin came out of the exchange smelling like highly tactical carnations.
I mentioned it at work (where no one knows I blog) and folks all seemed to be in grok-mode over its existence.
Now if we can only get everyone to memorize all the ‘Stans. (Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, um, Nightstan. . .)
What is next in the world of Marine Corps
Balls social events?
Well, calling out celebrities is apparently all the rage. This guy hollered Will Ferrell. And this rapping Marine Sergeant (named Ray Lewis, although not the Raven) invited very Golden Girl Betty White.
The official blurb on YouRube:
Sgt Scott Moore with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan asks Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, NC on November 18th.
That is on Friday. It should be interesting.
One last news-worthy note. Apparently, the good Corporal De Santis is sponsored by Ranger Up. Her story lists her working in France, training with Military Working Dogs, and getting trapped in an elevator as highlights of her five-year Marine Corps career.
All of which probably prepared her for an evening with Mr. Timberlake.
Aw, sorry. The guy came through. Nothing but class and I have to go and run him down like that. Yo JT, forget that I evah gave you a hard time over your dye-job. . .