While You Were Out: Cosmo Lures in Voters With Topless Models, and Other News

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“While You Were Out,” is a Friday feature of short notes and commentary from the week. Whether it’s something you’d discuss at the water cooler or at happy hour, you’ll find it on our grid, together with our opinion as to whether whether it’s praiseworthy or cringeworthy. We’re pleased to bring you the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week!

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s Special is Actually Amazing

Lady Gaga joins as Tony Bennett’s latest collaborator in the televised performance, “Cheek to Cheek.” Bennett, who is 88 years old, has collaborated in the past with such artists as Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones and is committed to bringing unique and youthful voices to the old classics. In this fall special on PBS, Bennett’s ballads are as timeless as ever, and Gaga dazzles as his perfectly matched torch-singing mistress.

In the intro for the song “Sophisticated Lady,” Gaga says, “I said to Tony, ‘I’m sorry I am such a mess’ . . . and he replied ‘You’re a sophisticated lady.’” Bennett follows by crooning lyrics, “Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant / Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant / Is that all you really want? / Oh no, sophisticated lady / I know, you miss the love you lost long ago / And when nobody is nigh you cry.”

Is Bennett a brilliant marketer, or a kindly old grandpa evangelizing both musicians and audiences with the old jazz club canon? Either way, he’s succeeding.

LeBron Brings Home a Baby Girl

Not only is King James committed to bringing a championship to hometown Cleveland, he’s brought home a princess. He and his wife Savannah confirmed this week they bore their third child and first daughter, Zhuri Nova, last week. The basketball star said “it’s a lot different” having a daughter than a son, adding, "you give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter." No baby pictures have been publicly released yet, but feel free to drool over the mother-daughter name-plate necklaces they had made to welcome baby girl.

Speaking of CeleBabies...

Ashton Kutcher spoke this week with Conan O’Brien about his new role as a dad. Mila Kunis gave birth last month to their daughter, Wyatt Isabelle. In the interview, Kutcher gushes with what can only be described as joy: "As soon as this child was born, I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize, because I never knew how much they loved me."

The actor, who’s known as one of the first celebrities with a significant Twitter following, told the audience how they chose the name for the baby—as well as their immediate action to reserve all iterations of her name in website domains and Twitter handles. Why? Explains the new dad, "I don't want a porn site with my daughter's name on it!”

Daniel Radcliffe, Rap Genius

Actor Daniel Radcliffe of the famed Harry Potter series revealed this week his secret talent—rapping. On TheTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Radcliffe shared how he enjoys memorizing lyrics to fast rap songs, before mesmerizing the audience with a flawless rendition of Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics.” Say what you want about Fallon not fitting the late-night comedy mold; with skits like these, he’s matchless.

Films to Watch This Halloween

If you’re not hosting or going to a costume party for Halloween, you still have many opportunities to fright yourself with film, whether in theaters or at home. Jake Gyllenhall’s creepy thriller Nightcrawler opens in theaters this weekend, as does the suspenseful Before I Go To Sleep, featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. That is, of course, if you haven’t already seen Ben Affleck’s Gone Girl.

Prefer to stay home? Netflix has everything from World War Z to Silence of the Lambs available to watch instantly. Want to lessen the horror but keep the creep factor? Watch the latest Jane Eyre. Want humorous with a backdrop about witches? Watch Clare Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro in Stardust. In the mood for old-school scares? There’s always Rosemary’s Baby.

Giants Win World Series

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the World Series! The team, which made the championship via the wild card, beat underdog Kansas City Royals, also a wild card team. Does the wild card phenomenon hurt the sport? I suppose that would depend on whether your team benefitted. As for the Giants, winning the third World Series title in five years, I think it’s fair to say they’ve had enough turns.

Sting’s Last Ship Sails on Broadway

Sting goes Broadway! With the backdrop of English shipyards of his youth, Sting tells a tale of an industrial working culture and a bittersweet romance. The musical score effortlessly captures both the vibrancy and melancholy of his economically distressed hometown and—perhaps most impressive in today’s Broadway scene—flow seamlessly in the script. Whether you enjoy raucous sailor drinking songs or delicate melodies, you’ll find something to love in Sting’s The Last Ship.

Kelly Clarkson “Shakes it Off”

What’s better than hearing Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake it Off” on the radio? Hearing Kelly Clarkson’s sultry cover of it of course! Attendees of Clarkson’s show in Buffalo, New York, this week got a live treat.

Nurses vs. Governors in Ebola Showdown

This week public officials like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and now Governor Paul LePage of Maine clashed with health professionals about the need to quarantine those returning to the states from serving Ebola patients abroad. Kaci Hickox, who returned from Sierra Leone last week, resisted a tented quarantine in New Jersey citing that she had no symptoms of the virus and was therefore not contagious. Now staying in Maine with her boyfriend, Hickox publicly expressed noncompliance to the 21-day home-quarantine requirement by leaving the house to go on a bike ride.

Hickox has tested negative for Ebola twice and naturally opposes the infringement of her civil rights and freedom. At the same time, it’s logical for government officials to see the quarantine as the sure-fire to keep their people safe. We know a lot about Ebola but not everything, and given that just weeks ago a Dallas nurse developed symptoms of Ebola after having no symptoms prior, some officials think it’s better to be safe—and wait out the 21-day incubation period—than sorry. All I can say is...that boyfriend of Hickox sure is committed.

Don’t Tell Susan B. Anthony...

Cosmopolitan magazine has announced they will send buses of topless male models to encourage women to vote on Election Day. The magazine, which this year has begun making political endorsements for Democratic candidates, has upped their game to incentivize voter turnout.

Coming as it does after recent College Republican ads attempting to sway voters with TV show references of The Bachelorette and Say Yes to the Dress, not to mention Lena Dunham’s ad last season comparing voting to having sex for the first time (“before I was a girl, now I was a woman”), we definitely call this a cringeworthy trend. Just one more embarrassing effort to portray women as bimbos only influenced by hot guys and sex—not rational people who can weigh issues of national importance, or anything.

Catcalls in the City

Have you seen the video of “10 Hours Walking Around NYC as a Woman” yet? Catcalling extends past NYC, but this is definitely illuminating. Read our managing editor Maggie Niemiec’s experience with harassment in today’s article at Verilymag.com.

J.Lo’s Past Relationship Abuse

Jennifer Lopez has experienced abuse in past relationships, according to her new book True Love. The singer and actress revealed, "I've never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I've felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally." Lopez, who did not claim any physical abuse, told People magazine that what started as a “fan book,” “turned into something else. As I started looking at things, it helped me face a lot. I would never go into specifics about my relationships, and I don't. But the idea was that I learned something."

What did she learn? “To take care of myself and know my worth," writes Lopez. "When things are not working out, and you're not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it's nobody's fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it." True that, Jenny.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Cancelled

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has come to a halt, with news this week of the show’s matriarch “Mama June” being in a relationship with a former boyfriend and child molestor of her eldest daughter. While putting one’s 6-year-old daughter into beauty pageants and on a reality TV show exhibits questionable priorities in parenting, this has reached new lows of cringeworthy. Thank you to TLC for drawing a line somewhere.