In case there was any doubt that celebrities live on their own planet, Lauryn Hill made it perfectly clear (again) on Monday.

The former Fugees singer and briefly-but-wildly successful solo artist in the 1990s has been off the map for a while. But that didn't stop her from going all celebrity on a judge after she was sentenced Monday to three months in prison for three years worth of tax evasion.

"I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of ... I'm a child of former slaves," said the mother of six. "I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me."

"I sold 50 million units ... now I'm up here paying a tax debt," she told the court. "If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."

This April 22, 2013 file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, N.J. Hill is facing sentencing Monday, May 6, on federal tax
This April 22, 2013 file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, N.J. Hill is facing sentencing Monday, May 6, on federal tax charges. Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. A judge two weeks ago said Hill had paid only about $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owes. Hill said she has signed a recording contract with Sony that will help her pay her taxes. Citing the legal deadline, she made a song available on iTunes over the weekend. She faces up to a year in prison on each of three counts. Her attorney is seeking probation for her. ( (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file))

Whoa.

In a few short moments, Hill probably managed to insult a lot of people, including fellow musicians (they don't know they're supposed to pay taxes?), possibly her parents, (one of whom was reportedly a schoolteacher and the other a computer programmer), and the public at large (taxes are "imposed" on all of us, and most of us haven't made a fraction of the money that Lauryn Hill has).

Her statement referred to the record business and how she supposedly struggled to pay taxes while other people got rich off her. Right. That's the record business. A musician fights that by making good music, negotiating better deals with their increased leverage and touring. Hill, once one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters going, hasn't done many of these things the past decade or so.


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Yet, as a celebrity who has earned a truck load of awards and millions of dollars, she's been subjected to "slavery."

I read that and immediately wondered what all the people who actually are slaves, in one form or another, around the world, would say about Hill's definition of "slavery." I wondered how people working multiple jobs to feed their kids would react.

Then I thought, "Oh well, she's a celebrity. Aren't they supposed to act like spoiled brats when they don't get their way?"

It happens all the time. Both Prince and Michael Jackson pulled the "slavery" card when they didn't get what they wanted from record companies. An intoxicated Reese Witherspoon went off on a cop last month when her husband was getting a DUI, culminating with the old "Don't you know who I am and what I can do to you?" tactic (at least she promptly apologized). Rihanna tried the same thing last year in a London club, when she was almost tossed out for jumping on a table and reportedly smashing glasses.

Tara Reid -- right, Tara Reid -- recently stomped out of a store when she was denied a "celebrity" discount.

Even celebrity moms try the "Do you know who I am?" tactic. NBA star LeBron James' mom reportedly pulled the line during a 2011 dispute with a parking attendant. Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina supposedly tried it in 2009 when a Hollywood club wouldn't let her bring her then 15-year-old daughter Ali inside.

Did they ever think that yes, people do know who they are ... and that's their problem?

No, of course not. The rules on their planet are different from on ours.

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