Barrington High School students of Chicago, winners of a contest to meet Rihanna, were awarded with a 4.5- hour wait to see the singer, causing an uproar among the teens Friday.
The school won the contest after using the singer's single "Diamonds" in a music video highlighting their philanthropic activities included raising $40,000 for Missouri tornado victims and $700,000 for the American Cancer Society.
“It’s one thing to be fashionably late. This is just rude," said junior Patricia Halle to the Chicago Tribune. "Our lives don’t revolve around a pop star."
Before arriving, Rihanna, 25, tweeted that traffic was the reason for her lateness, but students were not welcoming excuses.
Students were seen holding signs saying, “90 percent of life is just showing up! We’re talking to you Rihanna!” Halle said students were even calling the event “the survive Rihanna event”.
“Our school worked hard to win this. She should be more respectful,” said Halle.
Many students considered walking out before Rihanna's arrival, calling the star “rude.”
“Rihanna is pathetic,” said seventh-grader Jaki Mora. “She shouldn’t be making us wait for her.”
The star’s visit, which consisted of hugging students as they screamed excitedly, lasted 16 minutes. The singer acknowledged her tardiness, saying, “Thank you guys for coming and waiting.”
Rihanna reportedly gave Barrington High School principal Steve McWilliams tickets for an upcoming show to give out to students and sent her personal DJ to entertain the crowd before her arrival.
Before the event, the singer tweeted how excited she was to meet the charity-conscience students.
“I can’t wait to meet these kids man! They’re major inspirational life changers.”
After the visit, students took to Twitter to complain to the star.
“Made me wait 4 hours on a Friday for a 12 minute talk. Smh [sic],” said thorne_kelly.
Other stood up for the star, calling her excuse plausible.
“The truth is that I live in Chicago and a 20 minute drive can become a one hour drive and the truth is that she came through! Appreciate the person for who she is-- goodness,” said Shawtee2311.