'Twerk Lightly'

The perfect pop-culture Ouroboros: Hank and Marie react to Miley and Robin

The two most important popular cultural events in the United States of America on Sunday night were the MTV Video Music Awards and AMC's Breaking Bad. It's tough to keep them straight sometimes, though. You might be having a fever dream about the collapse of civil society, and it becomes a mashup where AMC's Breaking Bad's Hank and Marie are watching Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus do the thing they did on the VMAs. 

Then if you go to work the next day and all of the references are mixed up in your head, and you say something like "twerk lightly" (a popular bi-referential comment that is starting to become a thing on Twitter), people will actually love you because they know that your finger is on the pulse. Everyone loves the pulse.

Less quality ideas: "Twerk my name"; "No more half-twerking"; "I am the one who twerks"; "I'm not in the twerk business. I'm in the empire twerk business"; "I will twerk you under the jail"; "Let's stop talking about Miley Cyrus already. I mean, Syria, right? No, wait, come back! Twerk lightly, haha."  

[via Sam Barnett/Youtube]

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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