Justice Ginsburg admits to keeping stash of ‘Notorious RBG’ shirts to give to friends
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledged her Internet popularity as the “Notorious RBG,” Sunday night in an interview with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, saying she keeps “quite a large supply” of t-shirts bearing her face and name to give out as gifts.
In an interview noted at Time, Ginsburg discussed giving Totenberg two of the popular t-shirts:
Totenberg: On a somewhat lighter note, I want to ask you about the Notorious RBG t-shirt. [Uproarious applause]. I gather there are some people here who’ve worn them. I wear mine on the weekends all the time. And people will occasionally — the guy at the drug store said to me last weekend, he said, “Who is that woman, she looks very familiar, but who is she?” I said, “She’s a supreme court justice.” He said, “Oh good, I’ve learned something today.” So how did you find out about the Notorious RBG t-shirts?
Ginsburg: I think a law clerk told me about this Tumblr and also explained to me what Notorious RBG was a parody on. And now my grandchildren love it and I try to keep abreast of the latest that’s on the Tumblr. I also I have—and in fact I think I gave you a Notorious RBG—
Totenberg: Yes, you gave me two of my three. I bought one.
Ginsburg: I have quite a large supply.
Ginsburg had previously discussed the shirts and the tumblr that created the meme referencing late rapper Notorious B.I.G., saying, “I think she has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G. I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious, and they explained that to me, but the Web site is something I enjoy, all of my family do.”
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