In the brief history of this blog, I have never once dusted off "Surprisingly sensible celebrities" from my list of categories.
I haven't had much cause to. But I believe in credit where it's due. And since I'm always quick to pull the "Stupid celebrity tricks" category, I should be equally quick to use the "Surprisingly sensible celebrities" category...when there's a reason.
So now I have a reason!
I know there are well-behaved celebs out there who don't take their fortune for granted. And if I'd put more thought into it before today I probably would have christened the "Surprisingly sensible celebs" category on actor/rocker Gary Sinise for his work supporting American troops abroad.
But remember it's not always the big things that are the best example of a kind heart and a good spirit and temperament.
So here's the surprisingly sensible celebrity story: There's a video floating around the Web of Beyonce Knowles's younger sister Solange performing on an outdoor stage at the Stone Soul Picnic in D.C. If you don't know Solange is a singer too, and if you like old-style R&B, then she's good.
Anyway, have you ever been to a concert and seen a celebrity accosted on stage by a fan who made it past security? I have. And that fan got dragged like he'd just been booted off the Gong Show, tackled, flattened, and pounded the way Brett Favre will be if and when he ever faces the Green Bay Packers on the field. Meanwhile the performer stood by giving the poundee a look like "That's what you get for interrupting my show." I mean, am I wrong for assuming that's what most celeb singers - whether A-list or B-list, or C-list, or whatever - would do under similar circumstances?
So when a guy runs on stage and starts cavorting around Solange's backup dancers, what do you think she does - call for the beat-down squad? Nope. She keeps singing, and smiles at the guy, probably recognizing that he was mentally disabled. And when the apparently sleeping security finally come on stage and try to drag the guy off, Solange tells 'em to back off 'cause the guy isn't hurting anyone. She even dances with him for a sec, and at the end tells the crowd his name and asks for a round of applause for him!
For that Solange gets the inaugural "Surprisingly sensible celebrity" tag from Burnettiquette. Again, it's not a huge deal, but it's a very cool act of kindness on her part.
Here's the video. The scene I described starts at the 3:23 mark.