Ginsburg Asked Clerks To Explain How She Became ‘Notorious’ Internet Meme

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is getting a kick out of the cult of celebrity that has cropped up around her on the Internet over the last year.

The most notable is a Tumblr fan page called “Notorious R.B.G.,” which appeared in the wake of Ginsburg’s dissent on the striking down of the Voting Rights Act. The blog takes inspiration from rapper Notorious B.I.G. and curates all things Ginsburg, from her best quotes to memes of the justice accompanied by rap lyrics.

“I admit I had to be told by my law clerks what’s this ‘notorious,’ and they explained that to me,” Ginsburg told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric in an interview published Thursday. “But I think that the website is something that I enjoy, all of my family do.”

Ginsburg said she found all the rap songs and other videos dedicated to her Supreme Court opinions “pleasing” and “funny,” too.

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