Seth Rogen Testified on Capitol Hill About Alzheimer's Disease, Only Two Senators Bothered to Listen
"I came here today for a few reasons," Rogen said in his testimony. "One, I'm a huge House of Cards fan. Just marathoned the whole thing. Had to be here. Two is to say people need more help."
Rogen knows first-hand what the effects of Alzheimer's look like, as he's watched his mother-in-law succumb to the disease. Alzheimer's is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
There were, of course, a couple more jokes ("Yes, I'm aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana") but the majority of Rogen's testimony bore a serious message: more needs to be done to help those suffering from Alzheimer's. Rogen is so passionate about the cause, he even created a charity organization, Hilarity for Charity, in order to raise money and awareness about Alzheimer's.
Unfortunately, Rogen's passion is not shared by the elected officials who sit on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services. Only two Senators bothered to attend the hearing.
All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer's. Unless more noise is made, it won't change. pic.twitter.com/xDW6tlMHmH— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
Even worse, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois tried to score some political points on Twitter by aligning himself with Rogen's cause, not bothering to mention that he'd skipped Rogen's speech. Rogen was not having it:
.@SenatorKirk pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech? Just curious.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
@SenatorKirk symbolically, it hurts the cause to see that many empty seats. Wish you hung around. Nice meeting you.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 27, 2014