The reaction to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was one single word…..”fuck”
today at 3:54 pm
Last night, before dinner, I decided to take a needed break from the news. I put on the White Sox-Reds baseball game. When Nicholas Castellanos hit a mammoth home run, I grabbed my phone to check my Facebook and Twitter feed to see the reaction. It was one word over and over and over…..fuck!
I’m thinking that’s a little extreme for a single home run. It’s over the top for a 1-0 game, especially in the first inning. I decided to do a little digging. It didn’t take long to find the news.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. The Notorious RBG was gone.
That one single word seemed appropriate. You saw it in all forms:
There was fuck. And Fuck. Then came FUCK. And my favorite, plus the one I would have used…FUCK!!!! The bold type and exclamation points captures the emotion.
All night long the word was a part of people’s social media feed. I heard one story where someone was at a dinner party with people she didn’t know. Her phone started dinging with news alerts. When she checked and saw the news, that word popped loudly out of her mouth.
Honestly, I’m not sure if the reaction is due to the sadness of her loss or if we’re worried about her replacement. Probably a lot of both! I know I’m scared shitless about the future. It’s sad that we can’t totally focus on her amazing legacy, but the politics of 2020 makes that impossible. Less than one day after her death, I’ve seen more features about the who and when of the upcoming Supreme Court replacement, than about Ginsburg herself.
Remember the movie “Network” where the newscaster. played by Peter Finch, told us to yell out our window, “I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore?” The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg may the topper of the despair most of us have felt about the year 2020. So just open your window and stick your head out. Then scream as loud as you can….
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