Seth Rogen Takes Senators To Task For Ditching Alzheimer’s Testimony

On Wednesday, actor Seth Rogen visited Capitol Hill to share his family’s personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  His six-minute plea for increased government funding and awareness initiatives was emotional and often funny with Rogen telling senators, “Thank you for the opportunity to be called an expert at something, ’cause that’s cool.” Rogen’s brief trip to Washington was inspired by his mother-in-law who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 55.

As a spokesperson for the National Alzheimer’s Association, Rogen is committed to calling attention to a devastating progressive disease that affects millions, and is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, and the health care costs associated with it are staggering. Seth, along with his wife, Lauren, started the fundraising effort, “Hilarity for Charity,” to raise money for families directly impacted by Alzheimer’s, and to help fund cutting edge research.

During his speech, Seth talked about the charity saying, “The situation is so dire it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child to start an entire charity organization.”

While the actor, known for blockbuster comedies like Knocked Up, Superbad, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin managed to weave levity into his speech, and even caused a chain reaction-chortle with his infamous giggle, he was also quick to challenge senators who walked out before he had an opportunity to speak. Out of the 18 senators who belong to the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, only two stayed to hear his testimony.

After pausing to snap a few selfies with fans on Capitol Hill, and taking pictures with Lauren in front of the White House, Seth wasted no time sharing his disappointment on Twitter:

 

Later, Rogen appeared on MSNBC’s HardBall with Chris Matthews where he told the host, “It’s indicative of a mentality that we find so frustrating. It’s a low priority. It seems like these people don’t care. That’s the direct message they’re giving by leaving. On a very ground floor level there were some very distressing things I witnessed just being in that room.”