Earlier this week Seth Rogen made a celebrity appearance in the U.S. Senate to convey his personal experience with Alzheimer’s, his mother-in-law suffers from the disease. His speech was cute and included a weed joke, which is what you expect from Seth Rogen.
CSPAN video of the speech has gone far more viral than most CSPAN material, which is what celebrity Congressional testimony is designed to do. My father suffers from Alzheimer’s, so I’m excited when the disease gets any publicity, since people need to know how pervasive it is.
Following the speech however, Rogen went on a rant that almost nobody from the committee stayed to hear his speech. His most notable target was Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, who took a picture with Rogan, then tweeted out a picture of them meeting before the hearing. Rogan, upset that Kirk didn’t stay for his speech, later lambasted Kirk on Twitter.
Because I also worked in D.C. politics, I wasn’t surprised that Kirk left the hearing early. senators have to meet with lots of people. And listening to two hours of testimony, rather than reading it on paper later, or getting the TLDR version from their committee staff, is not something they should be expected to do. In fact, Lynn Sweet reported that Kirk left the hearing to meet with the head of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
As a result, Rogen managed to convert a strong appearance on behalf on Alzheimer’s research and turn it into his person ego attack. A loss for all of us.