Singer Lauryn Hill just doesn't get it. Being late to social events or getting a late start to an event you're throwing is, in most cases, acceptable among friends and family.
Over the years, Hill has developed a reputation for being hours late to her own concerts, has cancelled shows and has not shown up for rehearsals, often without valid explanations.
It's called "colored people time" in the African-American community. It's a playful wink
at the likelihood that the cookout or baby shower may start 30 minutes
to an hour later than advertised. It gives you an out — "I'm not late. I'm just
But the excuse shouldn't apply to professional musicians and touring artists, as Hill discovered Sunday when she tried justifying her habitual tardiness with fans.
Hill goes even further to explain that, when she has shown up on time, she's given fans more than their money's worth.
Someone on Hill's team should explain it to her this way: She'd be hard pressed to find a job supervisor or corporate executive who excuses habitual lateness from the fans. Those fans showed up on time to earn money so they can buy tickets to her hit-or-miss performances. As of Sunday afternoon, it was clear her team wouldn't have to lift a finger to enlighten Hill because her fans were already weighing in.