You probably know Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet. Just kidding, no one saw that garbage fire of a super hero movie. But, you might recognize him as the actor who starred in such timeless comedies as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin,
Chocolat, and This Is the End.
Rogen recently took time out of his big shot Hollywood schedule of waking up at 10 a.m., smoking weed and playing video games until it was time for an In-N-Out run, probably, to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services about Alzheimer's disease.
Rogen's mother in-law was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's when she was just 55. He goes into detail about the degenerative nature of the disease and the social stigma it carries, today. He explains the purpose of his Hilarity for Charity organization and urges the Senate to take action to educate the country on the true nature of the illness and to dedicate more federal resources toward helping victims of the disease and toward finding ways to prevent, slow, and ultimately stop Alzheimer's.
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It was a poetic, hilarious, self-deprecating, and inspiring message from an unlikely American icon. The problem, though, is that no one was listening.
A great number of Senators on the subcommittee showed up to gladhand with Rogen, but only two remained to hear his testimony. So, Rogen has taken to Twitter to express his concern about Alzheimer's and address the fact that the U.S. Senate kind of gave him the brush off.
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