Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Scarlett Johansson Politely Declines Invitation to Marine Ball, Sends Champagne.

Scarlett Johansson showed her fellow Hollywood stars how to say "no" in style this week after being asked to the Marine Corps Ball in November (video below). The Iron Man 2 actress expressed her regrets at not being able to attend the ball and sent a whole case of quality champagne to soften the blow.

Here's her statement: "I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams. Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for film making.Sgt. Williams, unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moet and Chandon with gratitude. In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation."

Scarlett is the latest in a string of celebrities who have been asked to the Ball including Betty White, Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell. The trend began with a gutsy marine who asked Mila Kunis to the Ball. She accepted the invite while appearing on Fox News and her Friends with Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake has accepted an invitation as well.

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