Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knows She's Tumblr-Famous, Has 'Quite a Large Supply' of Notorious RBG Shirts
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is well aware of her Internet popularity, saying she “keeps abreast of the latest that’s on Tumblr.” In a Sunday evening interview at the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Supreme Court Justice spoke with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. After touching on Bader Ginsburg’s professional journey and the role of the Supreme Court in democracy, Totenberg brought up Notorious RBG, a Tumblr devoted to the Justice’s various acts of intellect and dissent.
Its tagline is “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in all her glory,” and posts range from magazine covers to related memes. The blog was started by NYU Law student Shana Knizhnik and gained traction during this summer’s Hobby Lobby decision, for which Bader Ginsburg wrote a 35-page dissent. Knizhnik explained to New Republic, “The name is obviously a reference to Notorious B.I.G., who is this large, imposing rapper, a really powerful figure; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this 90-pound Jewish grandmother. The juxtaposition of the two made it humorous, but is also a celebration of how powerful she really is.”
Once Bader Ginsburg’s law clerk explained the hip hop history, RBG was on board. “I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on the Web site,” she said to Katie Couric in a July 31 interview with Yahoo News. On Sunday, she added that her “grandchildren love it,” and she has “quite a large supply” of the related Notorious RBG t-shirts. If you're lucky, she'll give you one as a gift.
She’s not the only staunch politician who stars in memes. Filibustering Texas senator Wendy Davis, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren stand strong in Beyonce Voters, a response to Fox News host Jesse Watters’ claim that Hillary Clinton needs “the single ladies vote.” The potential presidential candidate herself had the (now paused) sarcastic Texts from Hillary. See some of our faves above.