In which we Photoshopped Seth looking lonely with Senator Mark Kirk who bailed on his speech too!
Seth Rogen visited the Senate on Wednesday to testify for his mom-in-law. Not because she’s the center of some massive new bill, but because she definitely should be.
See, Seth’s wife’s mom has Alzheimer’s, a disease that causes memory loss that ranges from forgetting where you left your keys to not recognizing your own family.
It’s the sixth leading cause of death in America, and in spite of being stereotyped as an old person’s affliction, 5.2 million people of all ages currently have it.
The popular jokester got serious for a sec to explain why he thinks the government should pay more attention to Alzheimer’s, and invest more in research and prevention. Yet watch the video below, and you’ll notice something verrrrry funny.
While many Senators showed up to a meet-and-greet with Seth before his speech, only TWO stayed to watch him talk. According to PolicyMic, “Sixteen out of 18 Senators on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies failed to attend. Some walked out mere moments before Rogen began speaking.”
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.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
Here’s what we think our Senators so rudely left to do instead:
+ They Left to Tweet at Seth Rogen
Everyone knows how rude it is to Tweet while someone is talking. Well, it’s even more rude to Tweet at someone while they’re talking to you. The Senators probably left so that they could be as polite as possible.
Seth got the last laugh, though, when he Twitter-shamed Mark Kirk, a junior Senator from Illinois, who posted a photo of himself with the actor, but apparently didn’t have the time to stay for his six-minute speech.
.@SenatorKirk pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech? Just curious.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
+ They Left to Watch ‘Knocked Up’ Together
They obvi picked “Knocked Up” because Katherine Heigl looks like a politician’s wet dream. While “Knocked Up” is a pretty lighthearted take on unexpected pregnancy, many of the 3.4 million unplanned pregnancies that happen in the U.S. every year don’t have a happily ever after.
Much like it’s important for the government to talk more about Alzheimer’s, it’s importantly to discuss safe sex and contraception with your partner before you hook up.
+ They Left to Celebrate the Vetoing of Arizona’s ‘Turn Away Gays’ Bill
Seth Rogen spoke to the Senate the same day Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced the veto of a bill that would have made it legal for business owners to deny entry and services to members of the LGBTQ community.
While Seth definitely deserved an audience, perhaps all but two Senators left to find out whether or not Brewer would undo decades of progress or not.
+ They Left To Check Out Hilarity for Charity
So inspired by a single handshake from Seth, the Senators left to check out his organization, Hilarity for Charity. HFC hosts comedy events to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. They use humor to raise awareness about a very serious issue that too often falls on deaf ears… like it did at the Senate on Wednesday.
Good thing the rest of us care. Follow the action widgets below to be better than our Senators and give a damn about Alzheimer’s.
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