We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.
Tony Awards Tried to Keep Up Without 'Hamilton'
Tony-award winner Kevin Spacey hosted the iconic theater awards show last Sunday, highlighting winners like Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo, Indecent, and this year’s revival of the classic Hello Dolly. Some feel the show fell flat, and after the record-breaking Hamilton run that swept away last year’s Tonys, it’s easy to see why. After the show, there was plenty of buzz about Bette Midler, who won Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Hello Dolly, who gave a funny, heartfelt acceptance speech about the timelessness of the musical, but it was her good-natured jab at the orchestra playing the wrap-up music—"Shut that ---- off!"—that sent everyone home laughing. —Krysta Scripter
Baby Caught from Burning Building in London Fire
A tragic fire in London this week took the lives of at least seventeen people and possibly as many as a hundred. Prime Minister Theresa May pledges to investigate the cause of Grenfell Tower, and the Queen offered words of condolence as well as commending the bravery of the firefighters, the Evening Standard reports. Witnesses say they saw a mother drop her baby from the window, who was caught by a man on the ground, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver opened the doors of his nearby restaurant to serve those families of victims free of charge. It goes to show how tragedy can bring out the best of charity. —Mary Rose Somarriba
Study Increases Our Understanding of How Babies React in the Womb
A new study has demonstrated that unborn infants are drawn to faces, even in the womb. Vincent Reid, professor of psychology at the University of Lancaster, experimented with shining red dots in the pattern of a face into the wombs of women in their third trimester. Based on how the unborn babies responded, Reid was able to show that they had a preference for dots arranged in face-like patterns.
“This is the first time that anyone’s been able to deliver an image to a fetus,” Reid says. This is a huge breakthrough in the study of vision of unborn babies. Scientists have long held an understanding about how third-trimester babies react and understand sounds and other stimuli while in utero. “This tells us that the fetus isn’t a passive processor of environmental information,” said Reid. “It’s an active responder.”
Talk about a novel contribution toward our understanding of human development! The intelligence and complexity of human beings continues to amaze us, as well as the technology we use to learn more about it. —Gabriella Patti
Bachelor in Paradise Halts Filming Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
This past week, disturbing news surfaced of an alleged sexual assault during the filming of Bachelor in Paradise, a spinoff of the famed matchmaking franchise. Cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were said to have had a non-consensual sexual encounter as the cameras continued to roll. A producer on the show allegedly filed a third-party complaint after being disturbed at how the incident was handled. Olympios was reported to be in a drunken and unresponsive state. Reports have since come out that Olympio does not remember the instance and was still seen slurring her words and stumbling around shortly afterward. She has since spoken out saying, “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4.... As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”
Warner Bros. says it is conducting a thorough investigation. Jackson made a statement, saying that things are not what they seem, and has said that he would like to see the video footage of the encounter released by either himself or Warner Bros. He has also said that he will be taking legal action. We hope the attention being brought to it will help people to see the dangers of rape and how the hookup culture isn’t helping. —GP
Actress Says She Had Topless Audition Years Ago (and Not Much Has Changed Since Then)
Actress Alison Brie, lead in the upcoming Netflix series Glow, recently recalled an audition in which she was asked to take her top off. “Early in my career, I auditioned for three lines on an episode of Entourage that I had to go on in a bikini!” she said. “Or like, shorts, and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, ‘OK, can you take your top off now?’” Brie has since clarified the remark, writing on Twitter, “Re: Entourage—CLARIFICATION—I had a bikini top on UNDER my top. They didn’t ask me to get totally topless. Sorry to disappoint you!”
Nonetheless, Brie’s experience is not an uncommon one for women in Hollywood. She said that on top of this problem, there is also a lack of interesting roles for women in the film and television industry. Consider us ready for a major revamp. —GP
Megan Leavey Film, Now in Theaters, Tells a Story of Vulnerability
The true story of the Marine and her canine partner sniffing dozens of IEDs in Iraq opened in theaters this week. While the movie came close to falling victim to the sad-dog-movie trope, the larger lesson on vulnerability, which we highlighted in a piece this week for Verily, was not as easily forgettable. Leavey is a woman who doesn't know how to connect with people; in fact, she spends much of the film actively resisting it. It isn't until she meets her canine partner, Rex, that she begins to fight for something she cares about. She learns that behind honest with her emotions is what helps in her ultimate goal: bringing Rex home. —KS
Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon Surprise Subway Riders
In delightful news this week, Miley Cyrus and and Jimmy Fallon dressed in disguise and performed a couple songs in the New York Subway. The crowd grew pretty quickly during Cyrus’ impressive version of “Jolene,” after which the two revealed their identities for a rousing version of “Party in the USA.”
I honestly can never get enough of New York moments like these. —MRS
Golden State Warriors Win NBA Championship in Game 5
In their third match for NBA championship in three years, the Golden State Warriors took home the trophy after Game 5 this week, winning the series 4 games to 1. The Cavs, who beat the Warriors for the championship last year, struggled to overcome the team many announcers called the “juggernaut,” which not only included the already stellar team led by Steph Curry, but also the newly acquired superstar player Kevin Durant. In the aftermath, Durant has received much criticism for taking the easy road to a championship ring by joining the Warriors last year. While they certainly are a hard team for anyone to beat, I think it’s fair to say that nobody who makes it to the NBA championships, much less the NBA itself, does so by taking an easy road. —MRS
Happy Father’s Day!
Wishing a happy day to all the fathers and fatherly this weekend! If you haven’t gotten a gift for the father figure in your life yet, check out our roundup of gift suggestions based on the five love kanguages. If you’re looking for further dad-dedicated reading, check out Briana Regelin’s piece on how good fathers foster strong daughters or Verily’s own Sophie Caldecott's reflection on how her dad impacted her relationships with men. It’ll make you want to hug your dad a little tighter this week! —MRS