I work with a lot of celebrities, mostly nice, but some not so nice. It wasn’t until the other day, however, when I had an experience that made me realize that among the “nice” are those who also excel to “mensch.”
Mensch is the Yiddish word for a good person of the highest order. According to Wikipedia it’s “a person of integrity and honor.”
As the celebrity coordinator for an event I was working, I knew to move the celebrities who were standing in the buffet line to the front, a gesture most celebs would appreciate. But when I approached one of our famous attendees to offer the courtesy he refused.
The event volunteers, who were lined up ahead of him, would have gladly let him cut in front of them, and in fact would have expected it! But instead, Mr. B decided to subtly acknowledge the hard work of the volunteers by this simple mensch-like gesture of staying put.
This may not be a big deal to the casual observer, but to me this was one of the most sincere, grounded and mensch-like gestures I’ve seen a celebrity do in a long time!
It’s important to note that we talent coordinators make these front-of-the-line type moves for good reason. There are issues of security, getting celebs to where they need to be quickly, avoiding uncomfortable fan conversational entrapment and just plain public image expectation among other things.
The first two reasons were not in play with this recent circumstance with Mr. B. However, what makes him a mensch is that he could have easily chosen to follow suit with the rest of the celebs in attendance, but he chose not to.
I know better than to tell you who Mr. B is, but I just want to say to him, you’re a true mensch!