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    Older Famous People Are Either 100% Supportive Or 100% Unsupportive Of Stars On The Rise, And The Dynamics Are Eye-Opening

    Nicki Minaj mistreating Cardi B is downright unacceptable.

    Recently, a tweet of Lady Gaga showing love for younger musicians like Lil Nas X, SZA, and V from BTS at the Grammys went viral.

    lady gaga was so mistreated by her own idols during her rise to fame (madonna, bowie, grace jones, etc…) so i know she has made it her mission to uplift/celebrate every artist at these events.

    Twitter: @fkajack / Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for The Recording Academy

    It sparked a conversation about how famous people treat each other, but more importantly, how older celebrities treat younger celebrities who are on the rise to stardom.

    Beyoncé giving Taylor Swift a platform for her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs; Kanye West interrupting Swift's speech

    So, here are some examples of older celebrities uplifting *and* mistreating younger celebrities (to illustrate both sides of generational culture).

    Warning: This post contains topics of verbal abuse, physical violence, and sexual harassment. Please proceed with caution.

    1. Courtney Love and Olivia Rodrigo

    Rodrigo accepting a Grammy in 2022; Love at an awards show in 2020

    How Courtney Love mistreated Olivia Rodrigo: When Rodrigo shared a photo for her 2021 concert film Sour Prom, Love claimed that she stole the concept from her 1994 album with Hole, Live Through This. Love posted a photo on Instagram (that's since been deleted) comparing the two images, with a caption that read: "Spot the difference! #twinning!"

    Rodrigo's promo photo for "Sour Prom;" Hole's album cover for "Live Through This"

    2. Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo

    How Taylor Swift uplifted Olivia Rodrigo: Swift sent Rodrigo a ring similar to one of her own after the success of "drivers license," celebrating the rise of a new and groundbreaking pop artist. Swift has also given Rodrigo public praise for her 2021 success, commenting "I say that's my baby and I'm really proud" on her Instagram posts.

    Rodrigo at the 2021 MTV VMAs; Swift at the "All Too Well" video premiere

    thinking about legally changing my name to "Taylor Swifts baby"

    Twitter: @oliviarodrigo

    In a 2021 interview with SiriusXM, Rodrigo said of Swift: "I feel so lucky that I just was born at the right time to be able to look up to somebody like her. I think she's incredible. All of her support [has been so] genuine — like, [her] compassion and excitement for me has just been so, so surreal."

    3. Madonna and Lady Gaga

    Madonna and Gaga at a fashion show in 2009

    How Madonna mistreated Lady Gaga: When Gaga released "Born This Way" in 2011, Madonna accused her of copying her 1989 hit "Express Yourself." Madonna's been known for criticizing Gaga's music career, calling it "reductive" and claiming that Gaga "[makes a] statement about taking something that was in the Zeitgeist 20 years ago, and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it."

    Madonna saying Gaga is "reductive" in an interview; Gaga in "Gaga: Five Foot Two" saying: "I admired [Madonna] always, and I still admire her"

    4. Lady Gaga, Jon Batiste, and SZA

    Lady Gaga performing at the 2022 Grammys; Batiste and SZA holding their Grammy awards at the 2022 Grammys

    How Lady Gaga uplifted Jon Batiste and SZA: Backstage at the 2022 Grammys, Gaga congratulated Batiste for sweeping the awards with four wins, including Album of the Year. She thanked Batiste and SZA for their contributions to the music industry, and how their artistry makes her feel proud to be a musician.

    Gaga congratulation Batiste and SZA backstage at the 2022 Grammys

    5. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B

    Minaj and Cardi B at the Met Gala in 2018

    How Nicki Minaj mistreated Cardi B: In 2017, Minaj insulted up and comer Cardi B in her verse on "Swish Swish." Disrespecting Cardi B in Minaj's songs became a pattern, even in "MotorSport" (a song both artists were featured on later that year). Cardi refused to be filmed with Minaj in the music video unless she removed the original diss lyrics: "If Cardi B the QB, I'm Nick Lombardi." Minaj changed her verse, but they were never filmed in the same shot. Things came to a head at the Met Gala in 2018 when Cardi B allegedly threw a shoe at Minaj.

    Minaj rapping in the "MotorSport" music video; Cardi B calling out Minaj's mistreating her on her Instagram story

    6. Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan

    Washington and Jordan at the "A Journal for Jordan" premiere

    How Denzel Washington uplifted Michael B. Jordan: Washington is known for mentoring young POC in Hollywood, sometimes enjoying the process more than acting. Jordan fell under his wing when Washington directed him in the 2021 film, A Journal for Jordan: "He wants me to be the best version of myself," said Jordan. "He doesn’t want me to be another him."

    Washington and Jordan filming "A Journal for Jordan" in 2021

    7. Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

    Williams and Osaka at a women's singles match in 2021

    How Serena Williams uplifted Naomi Osaka: When the crowd at the US Open in 2018 booed Osaka for beating Williams, Williams wrapped her arm around the new tennis pro and used her platform to call out the crowd's toxic behavior.

    Williams to the crowd: "Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due, and let's not boo anymore. Let's be positive — congratulations, Naomi. No more booing!"

    8. Jimmy Kimmel and Billie Eilish

    Kimmel and Eilish posing together on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in 2019

    How Jimmy Kimmel mistreated Billie Eilish: In a 2019 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eilish was quizzed on Kimmel's favorite celebrities from the '80s. Kimmel asked her if she knew musicians from his childhood, like Van Halen, Run-D.M.C., and Huey Lewis — when she said no, Kimmel responded in shock. He used the gen wars discourse and shamed Eilish for not knowing these famous people from the '80s (because, well, how could you NOT be 100% in tune with celeb culture from three decades ago?!).

    Kimmel quizzing Eilish on '80s celebrities

    9. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade

    Bryant and Wade playing each other in basketball in 2008

    How Kobe Bryant uplifted Dwyane Wade: Growing up, Wade idolized Bryant's impressive basketball skills, hoping to play just like him one day. The two NBA stars were initially competitive when Wade was drafted in 2003 (seven years after Bryant), but down the line, Bryant mentored him. Wade recalled being nervous turning 34 years old in 2016, and his status as a basketball player — he revealed the sound advice Bryant gave him. "Just work your ass off," Bryant said. "Get your body physically ready for what it's about to endure, and push it. Push it to those limits now, so when it's time in the season, you're ready for it.'"

    Bryant and Wade biting their gold medals at the 2008 Olympics; Bryant and Wade playing at the 2008 Olympics

    10. Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett

    Ball and Burnett on the set of "The Carol Burnett Show" in the late '60s

    How Lucille Ball uplifted Carol Burnett: Ball gave new comedienne Carol Burnett career advice backstage after seeing her in Once Upon a Mattress in 1959. Burnett's career ebbed and flowed in the beginning, and when she didn't have any job opportunities, Ball hired her as a guest star on The Lucy Show before she got her big break in 1967 with The Carol Burnett Show.

    Burnett to Ball: "She gave me work when I didn't have any a lot of times" Ball to Burnett: "All I remember is every time you were on my show, you were doing yours" Burnett to Ball: "No, there were times when I really didn't have a job"

    11. Howard Stern and Rihanna

    Stern on his radio show in 2014; Rihanna at a GQ party in 2012

    How Howard Stern mistreated Rihanna: In 2012, Howard Stern insulted Rihanna on his show for refusing to answer a question about her personal life during a press conference. He criticized her appearance, dating life, and music career, saying cruel things like: "[Rihanna] gets this look on her face and she's like: 'How dare you bring up my personal life.' Who are you? You sing — you're lucky someone's at your press conference."

    Stern at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    12. Kanye West and Taylor Swift

    West interrupting Swift's speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs

    How Kanye West mistreated Taylor Swift: When Swift won her first moonman at the 2009 VMAs, West interrupted her speech by saying: "Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." Their relationship has been turbulent ever since — in his 2016 song "Famous," he rapped: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex — why? I made that bitch famous." The music video was even more problematic, with West showing a naked Swift next to him in bed.

    West and Swift at the 2015 Grammys; West's "Famous" music video

    13. And Whitney Houston and Brandy

    Houston and Brandy on the set of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella"

    How Whitney Houston uplifted Brandy: Houston surprised humongous fan Brandy during a rehearsal for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1995. During their first meeting, Houston checked in on 16-year-old Brandy and asked how she was handling her newfound fame in the music industry. Two years later, Houston took Brandy under her wing when the iconic singers starred in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella together.

    Brandy and Whitney Houston embracing during a tearful first meeting, and Whitney asking Brandy how she's handling the first stages of fame