The untraditional court order for rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette class has called attention to manners in Hollywood. Meek Mill was ordered to take business and etiquette trainer after a judge and his attorney saw inappropriate tweets, bad probation management, and unpleasant behavior from the rapper. Entertainers and athletes misbehave all the time. Should all people in the public eye take etiquette class?
As an etiquette teacher and advocate for all things related to good manners is my hobby, I will try to look at this matter with an objective eye. I admit that etiquette class and manners training should be required by all middle schools and high schools. The word “etiquette” sometimes brings up a snobbish idea, but in reality etiquette is how you relate and treat the people around you.
If etiquette is simply how we behave and treat the people around us a mandatory class is not so bad. Let’s take a look at Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s behavior. He slams his wife’s head against the car dash-board. He then goes to court… does a little time. Gets out early and pats his attorney’s butt as a thank you… gets sent back to jail for a week for disrespectful behavior in court. How much time and money did this cost the ex NFL player and reality star? After his final release he stated he learned something that his parents never showed him… respecting other people.
Attorney, Kashta K. Eneas, Esq. stated, “I don’t think it [etiquette] should be mandated at all. I’m sure it could help, but for many, lack of etiquette is the least of their problems.”
Like Chad Johnson, many entertainers and athletes have not learned the rules of manners and etiquette at home due to their recognized extraordinary talents. Behavior problems are excused to focus on winning and/or making money.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, a master in the Hip-Hop and pop culture scene is requiring etiquette. Many performer think good etiquette will take the “real-ness” away from who they are, but on the contrary etiquette will help increase their brand by arming themselves with knowledge and relating to ALL people. Combs hired an etiquette coach to teach his Bad Boy staff manners. His new hire protocol includes learning how to hold a wine glass properly to presenting a business card in Japan.
In my wildest dreams etiquette and manners would be required for everyone, particularly people in the public eye. Young performers and athletes are thrust in front of the public and taken on a ride of extreme highs and drastic lows. It is their benefit to learn how to conduct themselves when they are climbing the ladder of success, promoting a hit record, or defending their character.