NEW YORK - “I am now 86 years old and yet people of all ages want to take their picture with me. Amazing," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year while receiving an honorary degree at the University at Buffalo.
What You Need To Know
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg seemed to embrace her status as a pop culture icon
- RBG got the nickname the Notorious RBG after she dissented in several high profile Supreme Court cases
- In 2018 filmmakers showcased RBG’s life and career with a documentary and feature film
She seemed to embrace her surprising status as a pop culture icon.
“It was beyond my wildest imagination that I would one day be the Notorious RBG," Ginsburg said last year.
Her nickname, the Notorious RBG, is a play off the late Brooklyn rapper Notorious BIG.
Ginsburg got the nickname after she dissented in several high profile cases, most famously in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2013 ruling invalidating parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Her "I Dissent” also became a popular catchphrase.
It all caught fire on social media spawning all kinds of RBG merchandise. Everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs and bobble heads. Even her workout regimen was chronicled.
And she became a beloved character on Saturday Night Live portrayed by comedian Kate McKinnon.
In 2018, filmmakers showcased her life and career with an RBG documentary and a feature film.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's name will not just be signed to weighty Supreme Court opinions, but also forever etched in American pop culture.