Denying Natalie Portman

Here is a funny tidbit from an Academy Awards after-party. Poor Natalie Portman
got shanghai’d:

At the Governors Ball later in the evening Portman was left red-faced again as she and partner Benjamin Millepied scoured the Wolfgang Puck-catered event in search of food that conformed to her strict vegetarian diet.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied later attended the Wolfgang Puck-catered Governor’s Ball.

However, when she stopped one server and asked what was on the tray he was carrying, the response was: “People’s dirty plates, ma’am.”

Sheesh garcon. Get her some of those pastry-wrapped weenies:

Pigs-in-a-blanket, pastry wrapped weenies

You do know who that is? Padmé Naberrie of Naboo. Publicly known by her regal name, Padmé Amidala, also known as Her Royal Highness, Queen Amidala of Naboo:

Padmé Naberrie, Padmé Amidala, Natalie Portman

Wait a second, wait a friggin’ second. Did I just try to feed a vegan some pigs-in-a-blanket? Where in the Sam Hill are my manners? (Note: this is was a true blogging slip-up. I was not trying to be hilarious.)

Take two. Get her some of those pastry-wrapped asparagus, twigs-in-a-blanket:

Pastry wrapped asparagus, twigs in a blanket

The good Princess needs some fiber:

Padmé Amidala, Natalie Hershlag, Natalie Portman

Damn, that was close. Serving weenies to a vegan? I’m the real weenie in this debacle. What a rookie move! You would think I just started blogging last week. 100 pushups. Me. Now. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. . .

The Navy, the Marine Corps, and Celebrities

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:

Rihanna Flicking Off the Camera During the Filming of Battleship

The second picture is from (yet another) Marine Corps Ball. The actress Mila Kunis and her date, Marine Corps Sergeant Scott Moore:

Mila Kunis, Marine Corps Ball, Sergeant Scott Moore

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!

Rihanna in Battleship as a Petty Officer in the US Navy

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:

Mila Kunis and Sergeant Scott Moore, Marine Corps Ball

“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.

Mila Kunis, Macaulay Culkin

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. . .