Thursday morning, Ruth Bader Ginsburg — U.S. Supreme Court Justice and international feminist icon — was taken to the hospital in pain after falling in her office Wednesday night. The 85-year-old had broken three ribs on her left side and is being kept at the hospital for treatment and observation.
Immediately, the internet went into a whirlwind of panic over the Justice’s health. After the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court last month, the panel has been unbalanced in favour of more conservative politics and RBG is one of the key liberals left on the court. While the woman has been damn near indestructible, that doesn’t stop people from constantly worrying about her.
Plus, she’s the Notorious RBG. We need her. For feminism.
That’s why Twitter users came through with countless offers to donate ribs, organs and even their own lives to Ginsburg just to keep her healthy and doing her job.
More than half this country is willing to get in line to donate their ribs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 8, 2018
I hereby donate all of my ribs and organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 8, 2018
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs any of my bones or internal organs I don’t need mine
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) November 8, 2018
Everyone give all your ribs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg IMMEDIATELY
— Politically Stressed (@ESOTERICTalia) November 8, 2018
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs ribs I have like dozens of them that I’m not using, let’s do this
— Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) November 8, 2018
People headed to the hospital to give Ruth Bader Ginsburg one of their ribs pic.twitter.com/6gOb7COKk5
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 8, 2018
Um, God take me instead? https://t.co/nB5509kmMq
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 8, 2018
While many were busy fixing the problem at hand (she only needs three, people) others were trying to concoct a plan for the future. How can we prevent this from happening again?
Two words: bubble wrap.
gofundme for a 20 foot thick bubble wrap inside which ruth bader ginsburg will be placed for at least 2 years
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 8, 2018
It’s like $83 at Wal-Mart.
I’ll personally pay for it.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This is your new home. pic.twitter.com/oZdSn7HALo
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) November 8, 2018
There were even more creative ideas out there too. Like replacing the Justice entirely with Kate McKinnon who impersonates her on Saturday Night Live. Kate does a good job, but we’re not sure she works as a permanent replacement for RBG. She probably has to have a deep and nuanced understanding of American law. Not sure that’s McKinnon’s strong suit.
Other fans of Justice Ginsburg sent messages of encouragement and wrote about how inspired they are by her strength.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a national fricking treasure. And a patriot. And one of my personal heroes. One of the strongest humans I’ve ever met. By far. I wish her a speedy recovery!
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 8, 2018
Please take care of yourself, Justice Ginsberg. You are our guardian angel. A nation sends its collective wishes for your health and full recovery. https://t.co/prW4HryLKX
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 8, 2018
Dear sweet Jesus, please PLEASE heal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Please, Lord. Our nation NEEDS this fierce warrior for Justice. Please make her whole in Jesus’ Name…Amen! https://t.co/pVsfKUhpVN
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 8, 2018
I would be more worried about Ruth Bader Ginsburg if I hadn’t had two Jewish grandmothers, and let me tell you, once we Jewish women hit eighty, we increase exponentially in power. The rest of the world is on our time, and we will get old and die when we dang well feel like it.
— Julia (@JuliaHass) November 8, 2018
Yes, the Justice is at an age where she won’t heal in the way she used to, but anyone who knows of RBG knows that the woman is STRONG. She’s bested cancer twice, she still does daily hour-long workouts — something she’s cited as one of the keys to her vitality — and she’s planning on at least another five years on the Supreme Court. You think she’s going to let a few broken ribs get in her way?
We think not.