Kate Upton in Washington last year. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Another interesting story in The Washington Post:


“Should one invitation rise up out of the cluttered abyss of requests, the star who receives it is in a PR bind. You can’t say no without looking like a jerk, and you can’t really take credit for saying yes, because everyone knows you only said yes because you can’t say no without looking like a jerk.”

— Our colleague Jessica Goldstein on the problem with all these cutesy date requests from regular folks to celebrities via social media, most recently the L.A. kid who invited Kate Upton to prom.
Earlier: Celebrity guests at Marine Corps balls: Do the Few and the Proud know what they’re getting into?, 7/19/11; Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis: Still on for Marine Corps balls?, 11/6/11