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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