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Lena Dunham Says Having COVID-19 Felt ‘Like a Rave Gone Wrong’

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Lena Dunham shared her experience battling the coronavirus as someone who suffers from chronic illness, saying her body “revolted” and everything felt like a “rave gone wrong.”

The actress revealed that she got sick in mid-March that began with “achy joints,” which was quickly joined “by an impossible, crushing fatigue. Then, a fever of 102. Suddenly, my body simply… revolted. The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises,” she explained.

“I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up,” she added. “I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes. A pounding headache right between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs. This went on for 21 days … days that blended together like a rave gone wrong.”

After a month of self-isolating and measuring her oxygen levels, she tested negative for COVID-19. But even then, her symptoms didn’t disappear.

She says she still had “swollen hands and feet, an unceasing migraine and fatigue that limited my every movie. Even as a chronically ill person, I had never felt this way,” Dunham continued.

A doctor determined she was suffering from clinical adrenal insufficiency, and her arthritis flared up and required an immune-modulator drug. “To be clear,” she said. “I did NOT have these particular issues before I got sick with this virus and doctors don’t yet know enough to tell me why exactly my body responded this way or what my recovery will look like.”

Although she was reluctant to share her story because she didn’t want to add her voice “to a noisy landscape,” she said she felt compelled to chronicle her experience given the carelessness with which people in the U.S. are treating the virus.

“I feel compelled to be honest about the impact this illness has had on me, in the hopes that personal stories allow us to see the humanity in what can feel like abstract situations,” she wrote. “I know I am lucky; I have amazing friends and family, exceptional healthcare and a flexible job where I can ask for the support I need to perform. … BUT not everybody has such luck, and I am posting this because of those people. I wish I could hug them all.”

In 2019, Dunham revealed she had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a chronic disease that affects the joints and skin. She also previously shared that she suffers from endometriosis.

Other Hollywood figures who have shared their COVID-19 experiences include Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Pink, Daniel Dae Kim and Bryan Cranston.

See Dunham’s post below (scroll within it to read her entire story).

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30 Photos Show How People Look Before And After Their Hair Transformation

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If you have ever had long hair or haven‘t changed your hairstyle in a hot minute, you might agree that it can become a security blanket, so it‘s often very hard to make that step and spice up things a bit. On the other hand, once you do it, it can be an immediate confidence boost. It‘s probably the main reason why people tend to experiment with their hair after major life changes.

Changing your hairstyle can elevate your looks to another level, but it has to be done by a professional hand—otherwise, it might go really wrong. Just think of all the quarantine hair fails we’ve seen or even experienced in the past few months of insanity. If you missed them, check out some of the most ridiculous and hilarious fails here and here. A carefully chosen hairstyle and color can complement your skin tone, face shape, and highlight your best features. The artists you‘ll see here definitely know what they are doing.

Scroll down to see some of the best transformations by the world‘s most talented hairstylists. Some of the before-and-afters might blow your mind―it’s amazing how a proper hairstyle can completely change the way a person looks! And feel free to take one look as inspiration next time you go to a salon!

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These amazing transformations are brought to you by #ONESHOT Hair Awards held by Behind The Chair―the largest community in the world for salon professionals to explore education possibilities and draw inspiration. The annual contest has received over 1,000,000 entries in different categories in only 5 years. There are two overall categories hairstylists can submit to: “Big Shot“ for pictures shot in a professional studio setting and “Hot Shot,” which celebrates real and raw hairstyles done behind the chair. To bring it down to Earth, in this post, we have compiled a list of raw before and after pics of contest winners and finalists across the years. These transformations show the hottest hairstyles and color trends that hairstylists masterfully transfer to clients’ hair.

Most of us dream of that perfect hairstyle that will turn heads, and it shows. The competition has 118k followers on Instagram while Behind The Chair has 1.7M. Though not everyone is brave enough to rock edgy haircuts and vibrant colors, these accounts throw out so much content every day that anyone can find something they fancy and would find suitable for day-to-day life. Or maybe even inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try something out of the box? Anyway, if we can take one lesson from the #ONESHOT awards, it would definitely be to put down the kitchen scissors when you are tempted to chop off your heavy locks and look for a professional who will take good care of you.

A new hairstyle is not only about aesthetics, it’s usually way beyond that―a way of finding self-love and needed confidence. Experimenting with your hair can help you express yourself and it can actually be a lot of fun. But the most important part―it grows back! This is why we love sharing inspiring before and after photos of hair transformations. Find more posts with epic hair makeovers you should look at here, here, here, and here.

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Who’s Performing At The 2020 VMAs? From BTS To Doja Cat, The Lineup Is Stacked

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The first round of performers for the 2020 VMAs has been announced, and let’s just say the bar was set high. The annual awards show is set to air live on Aug. 30, and, per usual, MTV has enlisted some of your favorite superstars to hit the stage. Before the show kicks off, you’ll want to know who’s performing at the 2020 VMAs.

MTV announced the first round of performers on Aug. 4, with BTS, Doja Cat, and J Balvin leading the pack. While more performers are slated to be announced soon, they’ve started with some of the this year’s top-nominated artists. Balvin has four nominations at the 2020 show, while BTS scooped up three nods. “Say So” singer Doja Cat is also nominated for three awards, including the coveted PUSH best new artist award.

BTS is set to release their new single “Dynamite” on Aug. 21, and will take to the stage to perform the track at the VMAs for the first time. This will be the band’s first time performing at the VMAs as well, a detail MTV did not miss out on hyping in their Instagram announcement.

You can see MTV’s performer announcement post below.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unclear how much of the show will be live and how much will be pre-recorded or shot remotely. According to MTV, this year’s show will air across linear and digital platforms from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, as well as from various locations throughout New York City.

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In addition to the performers, the 2020 VMAs nomination list was stacked with the biggest artists in music. Ariana and Lady Gaga led the nominations list with nine nods each, while Billie Eilish trailed just behind them with six. The Weeknd also scooped up six nominations and Taylor Swift’s name was spotted in five categories.

Ready to catch the action? The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air live on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. EST.

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Video shows ‘Burger King Kevin’ slapping fast-food employee

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A recent viral video showed a man dubbed “Burger King Kevin” slapping a Burger King employee. The incident resulted in the man’s arrest, TMZ reported.

Cops said that man, a customer named Austin Addison, was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

The video shows that prior to the slap, Addison yells at the employee and the employee tells him he is on camera.

“Can’t fucking count but for robbery and stealing stuff,” Addison yells. “She needs to get the fuck out here before I get her put in jail for the rest of her life.”

TMZ initially reported that the incident began because Addison was short on chicken nuggets but later clarified that Addison walked into Burger King looking for an employee he knew. The video began after he threw his keys, and a witness tried to calm him down. 

Fox News reported that Addison went on a “racist rant,” but according to the witness TMZ spoke to, this was not the case. 

The video was posted on Twitter on Aug. 3. According to court records, the incident took place on June 26 in Pennsylvania, and Addison was arrested on July 30.

Burger King told the Daily Dot in an emailed statement that the team member who was slapped was not seriously injured.

“We are deeply disturbed by the behavior displayed in this video,” the statement said. “Burger King takes the safety and fair treatment of team members and guests very seriously and we do not tolerate or condone violence of any kind in our restaurants.”

Addison’s social media accounts are no longer visible, but according to screenshots online, he was a cashier at Harbor Freight Tools. Heavy reported that Addison was no longer employed at the company at the time of the Burger King incident. 


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Trinady Joslin is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot and will graduate from UT with a journalism degree in spring 2022. She is also the Life and Arts Editor at the Daily Texan and an intern at Austin Woman Magazine.

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