Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'Make sure another Kavanaugh doesn't replace her'

Cursing 2020, to fearing a horrible replacement, and encouraging Twitter to vote blue — heartfelt tributes from celebs flooded Twitter

                            Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'Make sure another Kavanaugh doesn't replace her'
Robert Downey Jr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Holland Taylor (Getty Images)

It has been a sad day for not just America, but for the entire world as gender equality pioneer and icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from cancer at 87. The late US Supreme Court Justice succumbed after prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving the millions she had inspired, heartbroken over the loss.

Among the many who took to social media to express their shock, sadness, and more were some of the entertainment industry's finest. From Alec Baldwin to Carol King, Robert Downey Jr, Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler and almost everybody who is anybody in showbiz couldn't contain their emotions pouring onto Twitter in the form of tributes. Amid the shock and sadness were also snide comments, some fear, and a general flak towards Trump administration, all the while demanding that Ginsburg's replacement not be chosen until the presidential elections in November this year.

“Trump and Barr problem [sic] have never been this happy to see a woman die,” Alec Baldwin tweeted. Stephen King followed it up with “Rest In Peace Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A giant. Make sure another Kavanaugh doesn't replace her. Please vote blue." Rob Reiner also shared: "Today couldn’t be sadder. A brilliant Jurist, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. We must fight not to allow an Impeached Criminal to take her seat."




But Ginsburg was more than just a Supreme Court justice; she was a Hollywood favourite, with celebrities treating her as one of their own and award-winning documentaries and features on her exceptional life coming on screens all over the globe. The feminist icon was in action all the way back during Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisolm's fight to ratify the ERA, and an avid pioneer of the women’s movement to the current era which is popular as third-wave feminism. Perhaps why the loss feels so personal.

An understandably crushed Barbra Streisand tweeted: “Just heard the worst news… so sad! Ruth Bader Ginsburg you will live in history forever. May you rest in peace." Everybody's favorite Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr, quoted Ginsburg while paying tribute to her on Twitter: "'Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.' RIP, RBG." Bette Midler poured in with an equally touching tribute, tweeting "My friends, the great 'Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court and its most determined advocate for gender equality, has died at the age of 87. She had endured multiple bouts of cancer before succumbing to the disease.' There are no words." Comedian Sarah Silverman, an avid activist herself, tweeted: "RIP RBG. Gutted. Sad. Grateful for all she did. And very very scared."





Veteran actor Holland Taylor also remarked "Now there’s a real reason to burst into tears." This Is Us's leading lady Mandy Moor was very crisp in her tribute, as she tweeted "Thank you, RBG for devoting your life, love and legacy to the rule of law. What a trailblazer in every way. What an immeasurable loss in every way. We will honor you by voting to protect all that you stood for." Celebrities like Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, and Mark Hamill on the other hand cursed the year instead. John Leguizamo on the other hand reminded Twitter "#RuthBaderGinsburg Rest with the best! But we must fight as she fought till the bitter end no matter what we cannot and must not succumb to cynicism!!!"




And reminding Twitter of Ginsburg's final wish, Michael Moore tweeted: "GOD WHY? OH RUTH, WE ARE SO SORRY YOU HAD TO LEAVE US. You did everything you could to stay alive. Braver than us all! I just read your final wishes: 'My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.' All of us MUST see THAT is what happens."


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