A New Yorker cartoon by Emily Flake:
The reference is to Miley Cyrus’s performance at the recent Video Music Awards.
From Rolling Stone on the 25th, “Miley Cyrus ‘Can’t Stop’ Twerking at VMAs 2013, Twitter Reacts: Pop star stuns alongside giant dancing bears” by Erin Couleran (with a video):
Miley Cyrus performed her hit summer single “We Can’t Stop” at the 2013 VMAs [Video Music Awards] with a parade of giant bears dancing around her. The pop singer performed her racy song in a silver sequin leotard with an image of a bear sticking his tongue out.
After “We Can’t Stop,” Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz took the stage and performed “Blurred Lines” with Miley. She danced with Thicke, gyrating in a flesh-toned plastic bikini with a foam “We’re No. 1″ hand.”
It was definitely one of the night’s most talked-about moments, with some fans expressing shock and others applauding the pop singer’s wild antics.
A still from the performance:
Cyrus has come quite a distance since her Disney younger years. From Wikipedia on those years:
Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American actress and recording artist. The daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, she held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood. In 2006, Cyrus rose to prominence as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, in which she portrayed the starring character Miley Stewart.