SNL’s Kate McKinnon honors Ginsburg as ‘real-life superhero’
“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon is heaping praise on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom she has famously portrayed on the late-night sketch show over the years, calling the late Supreme Court justice a “real-life superhero.”
“For so many of us,” McKinnon said in a statement obtained by NBC’s “Today” show late Saturday, “Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again.”
“Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” she continued.
McKinnon, who was spotted with the late justice at a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” last year, also called meeting Ginsburg “one of the great honors” of her life, as well being able to shake her hand and thank “her for her lifetime of service to this country.”
Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Friday after battling pancreatic cancer. She was first nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 and was widely regarded as a champion for gender equality and women’s rights. She has emerged as a pop culture icon in recent years and was often referred to “Notorious R.B.G,” a nickname inspired by the late rap legend, The Notorious B.I.G.
McKinnon has portrayed Ginsburg multiple times on “Saturday Night Live” in the past few years.
In 2018, she acted as Ginsburg in a rap parody on the show in which she and other cast members said they “live” and “die” for the late justice.
Months before that, she also portrayed Ginsburg on the show to discuss now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s embattled confirmation process to the Supreme Court.
“He thinks his confirmation was unfair? My confirmation hearing was they threw me in a river to see if I float. And I did!” McKinnon said then dressed as Ginsburg.