It was supposed to be the thrilling event of these high school kids' lives. It was for charity. But Rihanna almost spoiled it all. Barrington High School in Chicago won a charity competition to host the star for a concert. 2,500 students crammed into the gymnasium for the performance. And waited. And waited. Finally, Rihanna showed up over four hours late for a 16-minute performance. Uh, thanks a lot, Riri.
Was it the traffic? Rihanna did tweet on her way to the concert, "This Chicago traffic is not working." But she made no apologies when she arrived except to say, "thank you guys for coming and waiting." One student dubbed the concert the "Survive Rihanna Event."
I guess the kids forgave Riri and were still glad to see her. Reportedly they went into "Beatlemania-type screaming" when she showed up. Rihanna's performance was supposed to start at 1:00 p.m. Thursday. Then the school announced that the concert had been pushed to 2:00 p.m. And by 5:00 p.m. the kids were still waiting.
They may have sounded excited when Rihanna finally arrived, but there were some bruised feelings. "Our school worked hard to win this. She should be more respectful," one student said. Other fans described Rihanna as "rude" and "pathetic."
It's too bad, too, because it sounds like the contest was a brilliant idea. Students were to send in videos set to Rihanna's single, "Diamonds" showing volunteer work they were doing. The Barrington students' video showed the kids engaged in several charitable projects, including helping tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri. "With a whole lot of polishing and collaboration, we can all shine bright like a diamond," the voiceover says.
Well, at least they'd sent Rihanna's DJ ahead of time to entertain the kids while they waited. He even held a dance contest where kids could win tickets to the star's concert later that night. And Rihanna sent more free tickets to the students after she arrived. Still, I think she should have just shown up on time. I'm sure she's extremely busy, and if she'd been just an hour late I think that would have been understandable. But four-and-a-half hours! We want teens who volunteer to feel valued and respected, and Rihanna missed an opportunity to do that.
Have you ever waited hours for a star who was late to a performance?
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