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‘The Notorious R.B.G.’ taught a new generation how to dissent with her internet stardom

'The Notorious R.B.G.' taught a new generation how to dissent with her internet stardom

When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 80 years old, she became an internet icon. 

A law student started a Tumblr in her honor in 2013, dubbing her “The Notorious R.B.G.” and in the years that followed, she became a meme that lined Etsy sellers’ pockets. As much as her photo was flung around social media, her crowned head was emblazoned on T-shirts, her signature lace collar was reimagined as baby bibs, and she became “our lady of dissent” on votive candles you could buy for $ 15. Her internet domination both fueled and was fueled by her caricaturing on Saturday Night Live as a spunky old lady who could lift weights and kick ass. She particularly liked a popular T-shirt that read, Read more…

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