Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s family disagrees after award given in her name to Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch

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Elon Musk, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rupert Murdoch.


The family of the deceased Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg He wants his name to appear on an award after the foundation in charge of distributing it named CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk and conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch among this year’s honorees.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Ginsburg’s family said that in selecting this year’s honorees, the Opperman Foundation had “deviated greatly from the original mission of the award and what Justice Ginsburg stood for.”

Ginsburg’s family said they were not affiliated with the award and called this year’s choice of honorees an “affront” to the justice’s memory.

They added that the family supports a letter from Trevor Morrison, Ginsburg’s former secretary. “(Not) everyone on this year’s list reflects the values ​​to which the judge dedicated her career, and for which the judge is rightly revered around the world,” the letter states.

Ginsburg, a longtime liberal member of the high court who died at age 87 in 2020, He consistently cast progressive votes on important social issues, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and immigration.

In addition to Musk and Murdoch, lifestyle icon Martha Stewart, actor Sylvester Stallone and financier Michael Milken They also receive the prize.

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Barbra Streisand receives the Women of Leadership Award from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on July 1, 2023 in Malibu, California.

The Ginsburg Prize “celebrates leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in their chosen fields,” according to an announcement from the foundation on Wednesday.

The award “has previously recognized distinguished women,” the announcement said, but this year it was expanded to include trailblazing men and women. The 2023 honoree was Barbra Streisand.

“Justice Ginsburg fought not just for women but for everyone,” Julie Opperman, president of the foundation, said in a statement accompanying the announcement this week. “Looking ahead, to embrace the fullness of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, we honor both the women and men who have changed the world doing what they do best.”

The Opperman Foundation did not respond to a CNN inquiry on Friday.

The foundation described the honorees as “ranging from pioneering innovators to seasoned veterans across a wide range of professions and industries.”

In the announcement, the foundation said Stewart was on Ginsburg’s “original wish list of potential honorees.” As for Musk, the group credited his “stratospheric achievements.”

The group described Murdoch as “media’s most iconic living legend.”

“This recognition not only reflects my career in the media and publishing industry, but also represents the relentless defense of civil liberties and commitment to civil discourse that Justice Ginsburg embodied,” Murdoch said in a statement included in the announcement. of the foundation.

Neither the Ginsburg family statement nor Morrison’s letter noted specific recipients they objected to, but they said the justice’s name should not be attached.

“Each of this year’s honorees has achieved notable success in their careers, and each of them is likely to deserve praise in one way or another,” wrote Morrison, who also served for a time as dean of the Faculty of New York University Law.

“But the decision to grant them the particular honor of the RBG Award is a stunning betrayal of Justice’s legacy,” he added.

CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this report.

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