Epic Dissent to Hobby Lobby Ruling Gets Turned Into a Song

With a few new lyrics, to boot.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an unlikely Internet star lately. A must-read Tumblr dubs her the Notorious RBG (opens in new tab) and chronicles the many reasons why she is a feminist icon. (And yes, there are T-shirts (opens in new tab).)

The latest foray into Ginsburg's Internet fandom comes from Jonathan Mann, creator of the Song A Day project on YouTube. Mann remixed Ginsburg's dissent in the hotly contested case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that corporations can claim a religious exemption from covering contraceptives in employees' health-insurance plans. Ginsburg wrote a 35-page response (opens in new tab), arguing the court "has ventured into a minefield."

Mann's video gives Ginsburg's lines like "Any decision to use contraceptives is not propelled by the government" a smooth acoustic treatment, bringing her lofty legal language down to Earth. People (opens in new tab)notes (opens in new tab) the chorus (the part that rants about "slut-shaming geezers") is, of course, Mann's own creation, not Ginsburg's. Though opinions like that would make legalese a lot more fun.