Skip to comments.Justin Timberlake: Marine Corps Ball “changed my life”
Posted on 11/14/2011 11:17:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Popstar Justin Timberlake was largely the reason actress Mila Kunis accepted an invitation to attend an upcoming Marine Corps Ball — but Cpl. Kelsey DeSantis was the reason Timberlake found himself moved almost to tears at a similar event Saturday night, a night the celebrity writes “changed [his] life.”
After Timberlake publicly urged his Friends with Benefits costar Kunis to say “yes” to the request she received from a serviceman, DeSantis invited Timberlake — via YouTube — to the Nov. 12 Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Va.
“You want to call out my girl Mila?” De Santis asked in a video. “Well, I’m going to call you out and ask you to come to the Marine Corps ball with me on Nov. 12.”
Timberlake accepted and, Saturday night, he kept his promise.
“I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget… Something I could tell my friends about,” Timberlake wrote the next day. “What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience.”
The GQ favorite has always been a vocal supporter of the armed forces — but his glimpse into the camaraderie and closeness of the Marine Corps taught him he’ll never fully understand just what men and women in uniform endure for us — and also that he can never appreciate them enough.
A video tribute to the Marines particularly took Timberlake by surprise:
While this tribute was playing, you could hear a pin drop. It was a surreal moment to be in that room with so many of our great Marines who have such a different type of connection to those stories. One that we who don’t serve will NEVER understand. It was familial. It was like they were listening to their own blood brothers. I glanced around the room at young men and women, spouses and soldiers… At kids way beyond their years, really… All so deeply entwined. Not just by battle, even though we who have never endured anything remotely close to those experiences and have NO position to comment on… But, by having such life changing experiences through them and to not ever waver in their love and respect for our homeland. That’s what I saw. A faith in us that has been tested time and time again. And, through it all, NEVER a drop of doubt. …
The night inspired Timberlake to call on his family, friends and fans to separate their views of war from support for the troops and to intentionally thank those who serve the cause of freedom worldwide.
We all have our own individual views on war… But, doesn’t that speak to just another thing that makes this country so special?? The fact that we can all wake up every morning and BE individual with a pure sense of freedom..? But, one thing that can’t be argued is that it’s because of the people who VOLUNTEER their lives to make sure that it’s protected at all times. And, like I said before, doing so while asking for nothing in return…
To people like me who get to benefit from this type of person… One with character and courage. With strength and bravery. With humility and honor… I say: Send your thanks. Do it however you can. Write a letter, type an email… Hell, buy ‘em a beer next time you run into someone from our Armed Forces in a bar. When they say thank you for that drink that cost you 3 bucks, they’ll mean it. They won’t take it for granted and, they won’t forget it.
This phenomenon of inviting celebrities to personally experience some element of American life they wouldn’t otherwise encounter — whether a Marine Corps Ball or a Tea Party rally — seems a healthy development to me, a way of bridging the disconnect. Reading Timberlake’s reaction to this weekend’s event really makes me hope it continues.
Back in July, Justin Timberlake was invited to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Richmond, Virginia, by Corporal Kelsey de Santis. The whole invitation went down shortly after his “Friends With Benefits” co-star Mila Kunis had been invited on a date by a marine of her own.
Timberlake, being a man of his word, kept his date with Corporal De Santis and hit up the ball with his Cinderella on Saturday night at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
“I was truly moved,” Hollywood’s very own Prince Charming wrote on his blog about joining the 23-year-old at the party. “I felt so proud to be there. I felt like I was getting a chance to be among my heroes. It’s funny too, because a lot of them are SO much younger than me.”
Timberlake went on to explain that De Santis was a very attentive date. “She seemed to me to be so humble and honest ... very cool,” Timberlake continued. “She simultaneously seemed like she was nervous about the whole evening and if I was going to enjoy myself. ‘Are you ok?’ she asked 2 or 3 times. ‘I hope you are having fun. I know you will once my crew of friends get here to the table.’ I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23-year-old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable.”
The singer/actor walked away from the event with a new respect for the U.S. military. “It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom,” he wrote. “Humble, concerned for others before themselves ... this was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.”
As for Kunis’ obligation, she’ll join her marine date, Sergeant Scott Moore, at a Greenville, North Carolina-area ball on November 18, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Maybe he’s grown up since the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson.
Maybe he will be moved enough to TRY and earn the right to wear the uniform of a United States Marine....but I doubt it.
That’s one damn fine looking Marine there. But then again, they’re all damn fine people. And good for Timberlake for going and opening his eyes.
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.
- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985
Good for him. And Mila’s hot.
“No $hit Sherlock ... since 1775 ... you ungrateful turd.”
I’m willing to give him and most other young people a break. Let’s face it - they’ve gone through at least 12 years of schooling in a system that is largely an anti-American, liberal infested, God-hating mess. Most of what they have seen in pop culture is pure American hating BS. Most young people have been spoon fed nothing but lies and nonsense by their “betters” for most of their lives. For every kid that grew up in a household with a Dad that made sure they knew the truth, there are at least 10 more than have never heard nothing but liberal BS.
This just sounds to me like a young person finally finding out the truth and realizing that most everything they’d ever been told was wrong.
Unfortunately Mila is an Obama-worshipping ditz.
Humble, concerned for others before themselves ... this was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.
It sounds like this guy always liked the military. And that what surprised him was their humility and concern for others. Most movies/ shows only show the gung-ho bad-ass side of the Marines I think, and probably where most of us get our ideas of them from. What is the saying for the Marines “No better friend, no worse enemy” I think? He only ever saw the ‘worse enemy’ part probably.
Mildly interesting, but I have no clue who this dork is.......
Good for them both. Not everyone in the entertainment industry is brain dead. I admire hime for doing this, I hope they both had a great time.
If you saw her ‘brothers’ in the original video, you know Justin must have been on his best behavior ;-)
The man you're insulting wrote this:
We all have our own individual views on war
But, doesnt that speak to just another thing that makes this country so special?? The fact that we can all wake up every morning and BE individual with a pure sense of freedom..? But, one thing that cant be argued is that its because of the people who VOLUNTEER their lives to make sure that its protected at all times. And, like I said before, doing so while asking for nothing in return
To people like me who get to benefit from this type of person One with character and courage. With strength and bravery. With humility and honor I say: Send your thanks. Do it however you can. Write a letter, type an email Hell, buy em a beer next time you run into someone from our Armed Forces in a bar. When they say thank you for that drink that cost you 3 bucks, theyll mean it. They wont take it for granted and, they wont forget it.
Your snide insult does honour neither to you, nor to the United States Marine Corps.
You owe him an apology.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt. He's grown up in the entertainment industry and probably never really understood what it meant to serve. Now that he's seen it first hand, he's moved and wrote a heart-felt tribute to the Marines. We need more people like him.
I think that reply is a bit harsh.
Yeah, that’s right clown. You owe a big apology.
A man expressed admiration for and gratitude to the United States military in general and the United States Marine Corps (of which you claim to be a member) in particular ... and you deride him as an "ungrateful turd".
Your behaviour is disgraceful. Your disgraceful behaviour reflects badly upon the Marine Corps.
Frankly, sir, you disgust me.
chillax - better late than ever- let’s not cultivate bad feelings by overdoing our response.
Tell him a simple thank you is all that is evern needed and wanted... from the people who protect his freedom
His thoughts didn’t seem ungrateful to me at all. To the contrary, he seemed awed by the Marines.
What’d ya do, ‘off more VC than Carlos Hathcock, right?
It lets us know who the idiots are, without us expending any real effort.
Piss on one who just expressed gratitude for you. That’s good.
What was it that Major Payne (in the movie) used to say . . . something about his Agent Orange acting up?
He would be one lucky dude if he attempted to move this relationship further and the corporal accepted. She’s hot and she’s a Marine! This is better than he could ever do in Hollywood.
I see where you’re coming from. But to his credit at less he came around. I blame the liberal education in this country for why most people don’t have this view, they should have this understanding by the time they are 16 years old.
I say they should show:
World at War series 10th grade
Band of Brothers and The Pacific 11th grade
Civil War and Revolutionary war stuff every month for 12th grade
>Good for him. And Milas hot.<
Right after the marine Corps ball, this idiot said that she will STILL vote for Odumbo.
Liberals have no brain cells
Timberlake grew up in Tenn. So there is about a 70% chance his family is conservative. And I can’t recall him being overtly political either (which is usually the sign of a closet conservative).
So you would prefer that this entertainer hate the military? Can only imagine how big of a dump you take on people who have finally found Jesus.
“Im willing to give him and most other young people a break. Lets face it - theyve gone through at least 12 years of schooling in a system that is largely an anti-American, liberal infested, God-hating mess.”
I was in a far worse situation. Educated in canada where every subject is to denigrate and embarrass American contributions. Seriously..it’s a canadian trait to hate their neighbor and canadian freepers will never tell you that.
You owe him an apology.
Me? Owe an apology? LOL .........
Get a life you feckin’ loser.
I do hope you have your flame suit close at hand.
Thank you for your service in the U.S Marine Corps. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a time and in a household where I was taught about the sacrifice and service of our armed forces. Years later, I was honored to take a Troop of 36 Boy Scouts to the Marine Barracks at "8th and I" to watch the Friday evening parade. None of those young men will ever forget it. Three of them enlisted in the Marines.
Earlier this year, I read with some interest of efforts to recover the remains of the 'First Navy Seals,' who were really U.S. Marines who had fallen in combat on the shores of Tripoli.
We live in a era in which not everyone understands nor appreciates the sacrifices that were made at U.S. armed forces at Utah and Omaha Beaches, must less Marines at Tripoli, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sanh, and Somalia.
I know no specifics of Justin Timberlakes' upbringing. His parents were divorced when he was young I don't know if his father taught him about the role of America's armed forces in our freedom and the freedom's enjoyed by millions of others throughout the world. I do know that Timberlake, on his own or with assistance from his mother, was directed into the musical entertainment industry at a young age, which historical is not a place filled with role models of military patriotism. He was a member of the Mickey Mouse Club and likely attended school on set; I doubt that an entertainment teacher was politically disposed to teach him much about military history, nor that he spent time witnessing school pageants or plays on patriotism.
By the time he was fourteen, Timberlake was touring the world as a member of a hugely successful musical group as part of the music industry. In those formative years, I doubt he had many mentors who were conservative or who taught him about the role of the military.
Since then - or rather, since he was on the Mickey Mouse Club, he's been singing and acting and surrounded by the entertainment industry and those who speak against U.S. military involvement and the U.S. military.
Timberlake probably had an embarrassingly liberal view on both topics, but he had the class to accept an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball when asked through a video by Cpl. Kelsey De Santis.
You may choose to believe what you choose to believe and to write what you write. That is one of our Freedoms and Lord knows Marines have fought and died to preserve that right for me.
I like to think that a naive and brainwashed young man had an epiphany in the presence of Marines and That Which Is Right.
And I welcome epiphanies on the Road to Damascus or at the Marine Corps Ball.
And if I find myself in a bar with Justin Timberlake and a proud member of the Corps, I'll spend $6 and buy them both a beer.
That’s “freedoms”, not “freedom’s,” and “historically” not “historical”. And probably other typos. I need to start proofing myself before I post.
Well, maturely, and graciously said.
Thank you for being positive!
The gentleman was an 0811; that's an artilleryman. Chances are he DID kill more VC than Carlos Hathcock... 'ol Carlos killed 'em one at a time but the 0811s out there (and their army equivalents) rained death and destruction out miles away and sometimes by the hundreds per day. 7.62mm little, 4.2 inch/105mm/155mm Large.
Just because someone says something you disagree with shouldn't bring you to insulting their service.
Buy it. Rent it. Download it.
My guess is the person is a troll.
“The GQ favorite [Timberlake] has always been a vocal supporter of the armed forces...”
See my post 9 of what I think he meant.
No, my guess is he just doesn’t like “girls” in the Marine Corps. I’ve run across these types on FR from time to time. (Said as the proud father of a FEMALE Staff Sergeant US Marine Corps, whose brother just got back from 7 months in Afghanistan as a wizzo on a Mud Hen.)
The standing joke in our family is that if those two go into a bar late at night and get into a jam, she will probably be the one that gets them out of a “problem”, not the son.
I suspect this guy best not cross her either.
Yeah,, when someone sees the light and supports the troops,,, abuse them all you can. Bright,,,
BET YOU ARE PROUD! Of them, and grateful to have done the job of parenting and the leadership you provided!!
My USMC son just returned last month, also.
Try again. Despite you and oh8eleven, I have the highest respect for the Corps, just not every single Marine.
Stand easy, Marine.
The popping sound you just heard was another liberal forceably ejecting their head from their anal cavity.
I generally clap and welcome them to reality. Don’t touch their heads though. You might get some on you.
Its the closest we’ll come to getting a pro-military movie out of Hollywood these days so if we just squint and pretend the aliens are al qaeda , it works great.
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