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How RBG became a fixture of pop culture

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, more commonly known as RBG, is a well-loved Justice who has also taken social media by storm. A “meme” created by former New York University law student Shana Knizhnik shows RBG in her famous lace collar, with a crown on her head with writing saying “Notorious RBG”, causing her to become a fixture in pop culture. The meme plays on late rapper, the Notorious B.I.G.

On Saturday Night Live, Justice Ginsburg is played by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon. When asked about McKinnon’s portrayal of her and about the catchphrase created my McKinnon created for her Ginsburg character RBG stated,“I liked the actress who portrayed me and I would like to say ‘Ginsburned!’ sometimes to my colleagues.” Justice Ginsburg is also the subject of a recent documentary, RBG, and the upcoming movie, On the Basis of Sex.

In early November, a report came out that RGB was in the hospital with three fractured ribs. An outpouring of prayers and thoughts came along with some jokes. Late night television had fun making jokes about her needing to stay alive till Donald Trump is no longer president.

In March, Stephen Colbert, the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did a bit with RBG. RGB famously works out at least twice a week and Colbert attempted to keep up.

People who love RGB also enjoy quoting her. RBG famously said, “When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’s been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” Another one of her famous quotes is “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a fixture of American culture and will forever be the “Notorious RBG.”

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