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Weekend update: The internet reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Here's what you may have missed.


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 21, 2020   Updated on Sep 21, 2020, 11:49 am CDT

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A Karen called a Black shopper the N-word in Walmart. When urged to “say it again,” however, the woman faltered. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend:

  • ‘#RIPNotoriousRBG’: The internet reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death
  • Trump talks about nominating woman to replace RBG—while making ‘curve’ gesture with his hands
  • Will telemedicine be the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic is over?

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‘#RIPNotoriousRBG’: The internet reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 87. People immediately began blaming the bride whose wedding Ginsburg recently officiated. 

Experts have cautioned that weddings—even small ones—can easily become coronavirus superspreading events. One Maine wedding alone is reportedly linked to the deaths of seven people who didn’t even attend it. And when Ginsburg officiated the wedding, the state of her health was already a subject of concern. 

Ginsburg officiated the outdoor wedding of family friends Barb Solish and Danny Kazin on Aug. 30. Solish tweeted out a photo of Ginsburg standing behind the couple during their nuptials. “2020 has been rough, but yesterday was Supreme,” the bride tweeted. 

At the time, Twitter users warned her: “People will come for you if anything happens to her.”

And so they did. 

While it hasn’t been confirmed if Ginsburg’s death has anything to do with the coronavirus, Solish and Kazin are now getting blamed for “murdering RBG.” The backlash was apparently so immense that it led to Kazin and Solish both locking their Twitter accounts.

They weren’t the only ones to lock their accounts this weekend. A mom also locked hers after claiming her 10-year-old daughter said “Ruthkanda forever” when learning of RBG’s death. While the tweet was bad, the memes it inspired did lighten the timeline a bit. 

Catch up on more you may have missed below. 

—Eilish O’Sullivan, news wire editor

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Trump talks about nominating woman to replace RBG—while making ‘curve’ gesture with his hands

During a conversation with reporters in North Carolina on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he will “most likely” nominate a woman to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. As Trump made this statement, however, he seemingly outlined the shape of hourglass curves with his hands. People are calling it “creepy” and “misogynistic.” 

Read the full report here.

—Rachel Kiley, contributing writer


  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Those looking to celebrate her life have two recent movies to help do just that. Here’s how to stream RBG and On the Basis of Sex.
  • If you want the safest option on the market when it comes to a face mask, pick an FDA-registered surgical mask. However, authentic ones are difficult to find. We can tell you exactly what goes into making one, why it’s the best choice, and where to buy it.*


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Will telemedicine be the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic is over?

Healthcare professionals, adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic, have turned to telemedicine to get the job done. Orthopedic surgeons, unable to check in with patients in person, use telemedicine to assess how patients are healing. Meanwhile, pediatricians split their days in half between “well child” video checkups and in-person immunizations. Prior to the pandemic, the adoption rate of telehealth by consumers and healthcare professionals was “pretty low,” according to Ann Mond Johnson, the CEO of the nonprofit American Telemedicine Association. Now, rates have “skyrocketed,” as the future of telemedicine is here now. 

Read the full report here

—Samantha Grasso 


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Far-right troll Jacob Wohl is the villain of the weekend for dancing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s grave. Wohl was caught on video crashing a vigil at the Supreme Court—where mourners were leaving flowers, lighting candles, and singing together—in honor of the revered women’s rights champion. “Roe v. Wade is dead,” he gloated through his megaphone. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a horrible justice.” 

Read the full report here

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*First Published: Sep 21, 2020, 3:00 am CDT