While most view Seth Rogen
as the star of movies like “Pineapple Express”
and “This Is the End,”
the actor showed a side most don’t get to see when he was on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Feb. 26). Rogen appeared in front of a U.S. Senate committee to talk about Alzheimer’s disease and the lack of attention paid to finding a cure.
His six-minute testimony was carried by C-SPAN and, while he threw in jokes you would expect here and there, he spoke with conviction. Rogen talked about his mother-in-law’s early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the decline in health she faced as time went by.
While Rogen’s testimony was powerful and put a light on a topic that should be discussed more often, there was one major problem: Only two senators stuck around for it. That’s right, 16 senators either didn’t attend the session of left before Rogen spoke.
The actor called them out on Twitter
, writing, “Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer’s. Seems to be a low priority.”
In fact, one of those that left, Sen. Mark Kirk
of Illinois, even took a photo
with Rogen before doing so, later thanking him for speaking out via Twitter. Naturally, Rogen asked him why he didn’t stick around to hear what he had to say. Kirk says he had another meeting to attend, but watched the testimony later.
The most stirring image from Rogen’s appearance is one he shared himself, showing just how empty the room got by the time he spoke. You can see that below.