Lena Dunham milked a poor hipster cow in the middle of NYC yesterday: ugh?

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This poor cow. Lord. At first I thought Lena Dunham was filming a scene for Girls with a cow in the middle of the street (in New York) and I thought, “Ugh, hipster cow bullsh-t.” But it’s not for Girls. Lena was filming a segment for Billy on the Street and she milked this poor cow on camera. Look at the poor cow! She’s all, “WTF am I doing in lower Manhattan?” Her eyes look haunted. Like she knows some dirty hipster is going to touch her udder. Also: look at Lena’s outfit. That’s how she dresses for an interview. Seriously.

In other Lena news, did you know she has OCD? That’s why she meditates. Lena talked about during a panel discussion at the Paley Center the other day:

Lena Dunham has been meditating for 18 years. The 27-year-old Girls creator gave an inspirational speech about how meditation has changed her life in helping to manage her obsessive-compulsive disorder at the Paley Center in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Dunham was one of the speakers taking the stage at the “Women in the Workplace: Reducing Stress With Meditation” panel discussion, hosted by The David Lynch Foundation.

“I’ve actually been meditating since I was nine. I’ve been practicing TM [Transcendental Meditation] since I was nine,” she shared on stage. “My mother meditates, my grandmother meditates and my great-grandmother meditated. That might make you think I’m part of like a grand hippie tradition, but these are actually all just neurotic Jewish women who need TM more than anyone,” Dunham joked. “I have to tell you, it’s pretty charming to see a very well-dressed anxious Jewish woman take a moment at her country club because she needs to meditate.”

“When I was around nine, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder,” the actress and writer explained. “I feel forever grateful that instead of assaulting me with a barrage of medications my mother decided it was time for me to learn to meditate . . . Although when you’re nine you have trouble articulating the sort of internal shifts you feel, I know that it made an incredible difference. It made it possible for me to understand what I was going through, and to process what I was going through and to calm down.”

Dunham took a break from meditating during her teen years, but quickly realized she was lost without it. “When I was a teenager I stopped meditating because sitting still for 20 minutes is very low on the list of things teenagers want to do unless they’re stoned,” she joked. But when I started working in the incredible, challenging and often very stressful world of entertainment, my world was spinning really quickly and I knew that I needed to return to some sense of calm.”

“Since my re-initiation into meditation has been even more powerful than my first experience, and it has made it possible for me to weather certain challenges and storms and public moments that I didn’t ever imagine would be in my life,” Dunham shared. “It gathers me up for the day and makes me feel organized . . . happy . . . and capable of facing the challenges of the world, both internal and external. I feel so lucky that I found it and so lucky that I met Bob [Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation], and that I found out there’s a way to sort of take this gift that I’ve been given and give it outward. I recognize how lucky I am, and how lucky I was, to find meditation.”

Dunham made her character on Girls, Hannah Horvath, also suffer from OCD. At the end of season two of the HBO series, Hannah’s disorder spiraled out of control and she was hospitalized after sticking a Q-tip too far into her ear.

[From Us Weekly]

I didn’t know it was possible or even medically sound to diagnosis someone as young as nine with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s like the (in my opinion) over-diagnosis of AD/HD in kids. Some kids have genuine attention deficit disorder, for sure. But some of them are just kids with terrible diets and parents who aren’t paying attention. While there’s no way of knowing for sure if Lena’s OCD is completely legit, or if she’s just a melodramatic, neurotic drama queen, I can’t say meditation would do any harm either way. As far as remedies go for neuroses and obsessive-compulsive disorders, meditation is probably one of the least harmful and most beneficial things you could do. So, props to Lena.

The cow’s going to need to meditate for a while too. I’m just sayin’.

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  1. tarheel tina says:

    hipsters…ugh. its what happens when emo kids of the 2000s grow up

  2. Kiddo says:

    Uh, um, this shoot is ripe for heifer jokes. Okay, controlling self and leaving thread.

  3. Lucy Goosey says:

    The poor cow looks scared:(

    And I believe strongly in meditation and its benefits. But because I believe in it I still wish it was distanced just a little more from hipsters!

  4. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I think the cow is more freaked out by Lena’s fug outfit.

  5. LadyRay says:

    There are just too many wrongs with this picture…
    what kind of GD outfit is this?!

    why in the fck…?

  6. T.fanty says:

    The cow’s expression says it all. She would clearly rather be a burger than endure this f#ckery.

  7. Val says:

    Ugh this woman. “Look at me, look how different I look! Look at me!!!!”

  8. ag-UK says:

    No you can diagnose OCD that young, my nephew washed and washed his hands until they were raw and flushing the toilet over and over. He was 8-9 y/o. Fine now but had to see a therapist.

    • Lee says:

      yeah, I could be wrong but I would think OCD would be one of the easier mental disorders to diagnose in children since the symptoms are basically the same as with adults and they often present with rather obvious behavioural repetitions. A quick google search tells me that it can be diagnosed in children around ages 7 to 12 and many adults with OCD report having experienced symptoms as children.

      I’m surprised by the side-eye to that diagnosis when there didn’t seem to be any push back against the report of Amanda Bynes’ supposedly comorbid schizophrenia and bipolar which seems unlikely if not diagnostically impossible according to the DSM-IV.

      Back to the topic at hand, I have to agree that outfit is AWFUL.

      • INeedANap says:

        I think a lot of the side-eye is that the term OCD has entered the general lexicon as a shorthand for neatniks and neurotic folks. The term is a medical one used to describe a treatable disorder, but a lot of people “water it down.” Dunham also seems like the kind of person who would view common neurotic tendencies as evidence of a greater medical issue — you know, tempest in a teapot kind of thing.

        Although, I would like to ask — why is it impossible to have comorbid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? Schizophrenia is often comorbid with anxiety and mood disorders, and bipolar disorder is diagnosable.

      • Lee says:

        very good point about the watering down of the term OCD.

        I say that about comorbid schizophrenia and bipolar because the DSM-IV specifically excludes a diagnosis of schizophrenia if it is “superimposed” with bipolar disorder. There are already diagnoses for bipolar disorder with psychotic features and schizoaffective disorder which theoretically should cover most cases where someone has features of both disorders. That being said, I’m not sure if the DSM-5 will make major changes to this and I’m not an expert. I only have a B.Sc. in psychology, though I focused a lot of my course work on schizophrenia because I have family members who have been diagnosed with it and it is an area of personal interest. Point being, I could be wrong, but I think a comorbid diagnosis of those two in particular seems unlikely.

    • MollyB says:

      OCD absolutely can be diagnosed in children. To add to that, comments like “Oh, those kids don’t really have ADD. They just eat too much McDonalds and have lazy parents” are really, really damaging to people (and yes, children) with mental illness. The last time a parent struggling with a child who has a mental illness needs is a bunch of lay people shaking their heads and thinking “Maybe if she just took the time to discipline that kid . . . ”

      Not to mention LD’s comments that her parents didn’t “assault” her with medication. As if children who respond best to medication are being abused by their parents. My God.

      • Kim says:

        Right on. I have no idea what this girl is calling OCD but even if it was OCD its clearly a pretty mild form if it resolved with 20 minutes a day of meditation, but she still feels she knows what it must be like for others and that it is wrong to be “assaulted” with medication–something the ignorance of her comment shows she knows nothing about. . I don’t know why people like this feel like they can comment on how to treat other people’s mental health. Ditto on the ADHD comment, you are “just sayin” because clearly you don’t really know. Why everyone is self appointed expert on mental hezalth and feels they can comment with authority on who should and shoudn’t be medicated is beyond me, makes me wish i’d gone into radiology!

    • marina says:

      I don’t think that’s true. My friend’s daughter was diagnosed at 3-4 and they used early intervention therapy and it has helped her immensely. Her mother refused to give her child medications at that young age.

  9. posh-toes says:

    Is she trolling all of us or what? Meditation sounds therapeutic but I have a hard time keeping a straight face when I can’t tell if she’s serious about anything.

  10. Erinn says:

    As someone who has showed cows before – that is an amazing looking cow. It’s clearly well cared for, though it is incredibly stupid to have it being milked in the middle of the street.

    To be fair though, this is clearly a cow that’s been handled a lot – if this cow wasn’t used to crowds and people bustling around, it wouldn’t be so calm. I’ve been pinned in a cattle trailer, drug, and smacked in the face with a poopy cow tail – but all by young, skittish heifers.

  11. tweetime says:

    Nah, it’s pretty well-established that Lena has intense OCD – she covered it last season on Girls and it wasn’t in an “oh, let’s have this character check that the stove is turned off ten times” kind of way. She knows how it goes.

  12. Aras says:

    I can’t with this woman. I simply cannot.

    And look at her in her “I don’t care about clothes, but you better believe I spent a long ass time pondering the pairing of these pieces just to look like I DON’T CARE!!!” outfit.

  13. Liz says:

    I guess I don’t understand what’s so wrong about dressing to flatter your body *shrugs*

  14. Kenzie says:

    I got diagnosed with OCD when I was 9.. I was washing my hands until they bled. It got to the point where I was failing tests because I thought I had to have a certain amount of letters in each sentence or something bad would happen. I would purposefully miss letters to make it even, I even used to pray constantly and read the Bible everyday thinking if not I’d be punished. I’m not even from a religious family. This all happened before Grade 6.

    • Hillshmill says:

      Kenzie, your post is fascinating. Especially the information about sentences needing the correct amount of letters. How did you address it? Do you still have OCD tedancies now?

      • Kenzie says:

        I still have OCD tendencies. Personally, I don’t think it’ll ever go away. I find the more stressed out I am the more intense my OCD gets. I went through a particularly bad phase about 4 years ago (when I was in grade 11)to the point where I actually got an emergency referral to a psychologist at my local hospital. Her answer was to put me on medication but my parents refused (they think everyone is overly medicated). I was angry with them at the time but now I’m grateful I didn’t go on them.

        I’ve had every OCD symptom you could have. Washing my hand, reading the bible, I had to touch a desk a certain amount of time, to this day I hate doing things in 3′s! I don’t know why. The most annoying phase I went through was when I first got my license and was convinced I hit someone while driving, and would have to go all the way back to make sure I didn’t. I did a lot of CBT to fix that, but still I have to fight the urge to drive around my route a second time :P

  15. Savanna says:

    Amen to the ADHD thing. About a third of the adults in my dad’s side of the family have it, and I do too. I was diagnosed through some pretty intensive tests, some by just the doctor observing my dad and I playing for an hour. I was 8. I haven’t outgrown it, and I doubt I will. My dad wasn’t diagnosed until he was 30, and now 20 years later he still can’t finish a sentence if he hasn’t taken his meds. I’m 20 and the exact same way. I get so offended when people are like, “OMFG, I can’t finish this super boring homework, I’m soooo ADD”. And you’re right, young kids are super over-diagnosed. I think it’s at a point now where people don’t even understand what the disorder actually is because everybody thinks OMG I CAN’T FOCUS OMGGG.

    • uniformilicious says:

      true. but even doctors are really not helping with the whole ADD thing. my son has tics (he’s in general very sensitive antsy pants.just like me). took him to a pediatrician to diagnose if there’s anything more serious behind it(started to escalate and i was freaking out about tourettes). the questions the doctor asked were totally going the ADD direction. it upset me a bit because i know he doesn’t have ADD (yea, im not MD, but i know my kid). in the end though he said they don’t do anything unless he’s seriously falling behind in school and has no friends.

  16. Tj says:

    At least Howard Stern is good for something. I had not heard of the show “Girls” but I read news reports of Stern body shaming Lena Dunham. It made me aware of the show. I rented season one and season two from Netflix and I LOVE THIS SHOW!! I can not wait for the third season to be available on Netflix! Love the writing, love the acting, love the characters.

    • Hillshmill says:

      My husband and I just got HBO and are quickly making our way through the series. We love it too. The main characters remind me so much of my college friends and the struggles and experiences we had right out of college. I like Lena Dunham and think she’s quite pretty and real. I see a lot of my body and flaws in her and can’t help but wish her the best.

  17. GeeMoney says:

    Well… as long as the cow didn’t feel overexposed, I guess it’s ok that she did that, lol.

    I hope Season 3 of Girls is better than Season 2…

  18. lucy2 says:

    I find it amazing that someone with OCD would choose THAT shirt, and then pair it with those pants.

  19. GiGi says:

    Ugh. The irony. Can’t the hipsters just know we see through all their ironic bad fashion, ironic moustaches, ironic terrible hair.

    It’s like an entire generation of people who are so worried about being rejected for who they really are that they are, in fact, incapable of presenting their authentic person.

  20. Kate says:

    This whole thing was a joke skit, it’s not a serious interview. I love her and I love Girls, I think she’s hilarious

  21. shandi says:

    That cow is reaally skinny! Look the bones on her! And the spine, you can count every single vertebra! She needs more food. Maybe the cow’s one of those who get rented out for stupid shit like this and she’s not being taken care of properly.

    • girlnbayou says:

      No milk cattle have hips like that. They have abnorally large hips in order to birth easier. This is a beautiful cow. Very healthy.

    • Erinn says:

      She doesn’t. You’re supposed to see the pin bones around the hips and the sides of the tail, and the spine is fine. This is how a good specimen of Holstein looks. She is not a beef cow – these cows are bred to look like this, and she actually looks very fit. Her topline hasn’t been trimmed to be straight as they would a show cow, they’ve given her an even cut.

      This is a perfectly healthy looking, very calm cow – I’d say they’re handling her very well. I can say this as I’ve showed, and judged Holsteins for years – trust me – she’s fine.

      • Leigh says:

        Another former cattle shower here! (HI! So glad to see a kindred spirit on this blog).

        It doesn’t help when companies (*coff*Chick-fil-a*coff*) perpetuate the “Holsteins as beef cattle” thing — hamburger, maybe. But that’s not a steak. :D

  22. girlnbayou says:

    Just out of curiosity was anyone else ever diagnosed as OCD without presenting the typical symptoms? I went through a rough time in my life during a particularly toxic divorce and I was hospitalized. The psychiatrist diagnosed my axis II as OCD. Anyone who knows me personally can attest to the fact that I am NOT neat. However, after years of digesting this diagnosis combined with therapy I believe I figured it out. I think the way my OCD manifested itself was the fact that I was obsessing about my now ex husband and compulsively calling him and also I guess the fact that they saw me obsessing about work and compulsively checking on them to make sure even the tiniest things were completed in my absence. I do find that I will take one thing and think and think and think about it until I have to do something about it but other things I have no trouble procrastinating about. Its just really random. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever been clinically diagnosed presenting the same way.. since the topic is OCD.

    • irishserra says:

      Huh, I just posted below something about OCD. I suppose I am just ignorant regarding these disorders but my niece/foster daughter was diagnosed OCD. I was told her chronic lying was a symptom of it. She was neither neat nor obsessive about anything that I can really put my finger on, other than getting her own way.

    • Andrea says:

      Yep, I am another diagnosed with OCD (at age 9) who is not neat. My OCD manifests itself more as anxious obsessive thoughts. I don’t have a lot of the typical symptoms that other people have. I would say my OCD is more on the mild side, too.

    • cloud&feather says:

      OCD can present itself in having obsessive and unwanted thoughts. You don’t control what the thoughts are and may have compulsions related to that (your calling to check, etc.).
      Others may deal with it with a phrase or “prayer” (not necessarily religious prayer) or other ritual which may be recited in their own head or said aloud, to “make it go away,” or feel better.

      • girlnbayou says:

        I know, I liken the compulsivity to a drug “fix”. Thats how it feels. Like an immediate sense of relief that comes over me until the obsessive thought builds up again. I was just wondering if anyone else had had the same symptoms and I am glad to know I am not alone. I was indignate that I DID NOT have OCD after the Dr. told me that. It took a long time to realize what I was actually doing. It is definitely not healthy. Now I am remarried but I have learned to control my obsessive thoughts somewhat. When I feel those feelings building up I try and make myself busy with something else and it seems to help. I couldn’t imagine having it to the degree that some people have it. That has to be devastating.

      • cloud&feather says:

        @ girlnbayou: I have OCD which manifests as obsessive thoughts, mostly about something bad happening to my family or remembering disturbing news stories. I also have checking compulsions (making sure the door is locked) and don’t like to touch anything dirty, although I don’t have washing compulsions. I’m neat, but that’s more due to my upbringing.

        I’m glad you’re getting some control back. I’m still working on it, myself. Replacing the obsessive thought with something else is good and so is acknowledging the thought and accepting that it’s not real. Just don’t try to make it stop abruptly (thought supression), that can make it worse.

  23. Jennyjenny says:

    I’d like to think she is channeling Temple Grandin with that shirt. You know, since she is working with a cow… If not that the shirt is terrible.

  24. irishserra says:

    @Kaiser, I can’t help but share your opinion regarding the craze of labeling every behavior as some sort of ailment that requires medication. We just had physical custody for a year of my 13-year-old niece who had been removed from her home by the state. She never did more than eat and watch television in our home; I couldn’t get her to do a thing, but they sure as hell diagnosed her and medicated her for OCD and ADHD. She wore it like a badge of honor. Her lying was always blamed on the OCD and her laziness on the ADHD and depression. Subsequently, the medication made her sleep all day long, even in school.

    • A~ says:

      I feel really sorry for a kid who had to live with you, if you called her lazy and liar. If she had behavioral problems, perhaps investigating their causes and having some compassion for the human being behind them might have helped more than labeling her and judging her.

      • irishserra says:

        Oh, stuff it. Of course I would never tell a child they were lazy or a liar, but facts are facts and the fact is that I was dealing with a damaged child with those very characteristics. I took the child to every counseling appointment, I showed her stability, love and compassion, and at the end of the day, her previous negative influences were too deeply ingrained for a mere year of stability and structure to reach, as she had to return home.

        I posted what I did in response to adults (or so I thought) here on this site, not children.

    • nicegirl says:

      I have to agree with A~ here, irishserra. The tone of your posts sound angry at and emotionally tired of the gal you ‘fostered.’

      The line “She wore it like a badge of honor” sounds quite opposite to a truly parental type acceptance of negative characteristics sometimes exhibited by children who are under state guardianship/otherwise removed from their homes.

      Abuse and neglect can manifest themselves into unsavory habits and it is the job of the guardian of a child whose development has been delayed or damaged to help the kid figure out their problems and provide them with solutions to support their future emotional and physical health.

      This can be a never ending, thankless, heartbreaking endeavor, and it is not for everyone. I hope your understandable, yet very obvious frustrations recede and do not/did not hamper your niece’s growth and already seemingly confusing and painful experiences. Good luck to you both.

      • irishserra says:

        Not at all. In fact, in efforts to ensure that I was going about everything correctly, I very often met privately with social workers and counselors. I was told the bottom line is that my role was only to keep her safe and nothing more, which I did very well. I provided a schedule including simple tasks that she could do in order to be included as well as offer incentive and when she flatly refused, I did as I was instructed and let it go, a well as pointing out to my own children the wretchedness of her own situation compared to theirs, thereby drawing upon their empathy.

        Like I explained earlier, my frustration was my motivation for bothering to mention it in an adult venue in the first place. In no way did my frustration with her manifest itself in my actions toward her. This is just, you know, grown-up talk, mingled with the frustration that she was sent back home after a year; so yes, I am angry. I’m angry that the sum of all things considered, her problems were condensed down to ADHD and OCD with no consideration to the root of her problems. So… Yeah, think I’m entitled to some anger. :)

  25. Lisa says:

    Not to dis the kid, but she looks like Danny from The Shining with that haircut.

  26. marina says:

    I’m embarrassed at how much she irks me. I shouldn’t care. I know she cuts her hair like that too look stupid, but it’s a cute cut. Fail. Sorry Lena.

  27. A~ says:

    If you drink milk, then let me tell you: most milk comes from dairy farms that are waaaaaay yuckier and more traumatic than Manhattan, and the milk is extracted by machine with suction cups over the nipples.

    Also, yes, it is absolutely possible to diagnose a child with OCD. It is a neurochemical misfire; its symptoms are quite distinct (unlike fuzzy ADHD symptoms) and recognizable. It is also inheritable.

  28. lisa says:

    she looks like she was dressed by FEMA and got her hair cut by nurse ratched

  29. poppy says:

    “actually been meditating since I was nine”

    “it’s pretty charming to see a very well-dressed anxious Jewish woman take a moment at her country club because she needs to meditate”

    ugh, so many eyerolls

  30. bettyrose says:

    LOL @ “dirty hipster” touching her udder.

  31. d b says:

    That cow looks awfully uptight – probably because, from the looks of it, they are in the old meatpacking district. Meta!

    Typical hipster pudpulling.

  32. str8shooter says:

    Jeez, just when I thought this girl couldn’t be more unattractive!!