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Video: Seth Rogen's Emotional Plea For Alzheimer's Research and Public Shaming of Absent Senators

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Actor Seth Rogen delivered a funny and personal plea to Congress to increase funding for Alzheimer's research.

Rogen's mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago and started a charity, Hilarity for Charity to raise awareness about the disease. Rogen's opening statement before Congress is attached this post.

Rogen also publicly chastised the U.S. Senate, noting the number of senators who did not bother to even show up for the hearing.

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cynthia February 28, 2014 at 04:35 PM
We need to kick out any and every politican who is disrespectful to a citizen trying to lobby for a serious worhwhile cause. The money used for reserch is NOT the politicans to do as they please..Its the U.S. Tax payers money. Vote them out
John D'Angelo February 28, 2014 at 04:57 PM
How can Seth Rogen, a 'D' list actor at best, be so arrogant as to expect congress to drop everything and sit through his presentation? Certainly he isn't going to say anything that isn't already common knowledge. He is lucky anyone showed up. We should ask those congressmen who attended if this is really the best use of their time.
Kathleen Moss February 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Shame on all that walked out/fell asleep during his statement. At some point some or many of them will know first hand what this disease is like, be it themselves, a family member or a friend. Stuff like this tends to bite you in the ass eventually. How can we the people have respect for these losers when they don't respect the citizens of this country?!? Too bad we can't kick ALL of them out on both sides of the aisle and start from scratch.
Aileen Wyckoff February 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM
My thanks to Seth Rogen for his heartfelt presentation. He used his position as a well known funnyman to encourage solutions for a very unfunny disease. Mr. D'Angelo, I don't want to make this personal, but having witnessed this disease take it's toll on beloved family members, we NEED people in the public eye like Seth Rogen to 'bring it home' to Congress that our ever aging population needs HELP with this catastrophic disease that destroys lives even as young as that of his Mother-in-Law.
Daniel Bradley February 28, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Too bad the pharmaceutical companies have the people in chains. They're no better than common drug dealers on the street
Dave Lenane February 28, 2014 at 08:47 PM
We send people to Washington to represent us, and then they can't do that job. But yet we continue to re-elect the same candidates back into office, and express shock when the same thing happens again. If you can't/don't do the job you were hired to do, then shouldn't you just be fired? If we did what these Senators do at our jobs, wouldn't we? The shame is on all of us! Thank you Mr. Rogan for your heartfelt speech!
Daniel Bradley February 28, 2014 at 09:03 PM
If only all of you knew how corrupt politics are.. Lol
Gail Neuman March 01, 2014 at 07:17 AM
What a great guy. I lost my mom to Alzheimer's in 2001 and I'm glad Seth is being proactive. Boo on the Senators who never bothered to show up. A higher authority will punish them one day.
tom schnurstein March 01, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Until I read this article I had never heard the name Seth Rogen before. Some senators may have had prior appointments. I don't know who this guy thinks he is but we spend way too much time listening to these Hollywood people that think they are more important then the rest of us. Does his opinion really matter. I would much rather have an expert testify before congress.
Aileen Wyckoff March 01, 2014 at 10:26 AM
The man and his wife have suffered with, paid for, and agonized over his mother-in-law's early onset Alzheimer's for NINE (9) years. Trust me. He's an expert!
Wildermann March 01, 2014 at 02:04 PM
It is the Senates own hearing, so not showing up for a light weight actor is not an excuse. Besides, it's not like they are attending to anything else of importance at this time. I don't understand how they can even draw a paycheck when not accomplishing needed legislation. I read where a few in congress donated the pay they received during the shutdown last fall to charities and the U.S. Treasury. If their goal for the year is to accomplish nothing of consequence until after the 2014 elections then just go home and sign over your pay for the remainder of the year to charities or the U.S. Treasury. Also lease the the Federal areas of the city to Hollywood and independent film makers to produce entertaining melodramas about neanderthal like politicians with archaic impulses for treachery amongst themselves over notions of power. Today there is more value in politics as cinematic art than there is art in governing. This boomer has never seen a more repulsive set of elected and appointed officials in all 3 areas of government. We could use a Constitutional amendment that automatically sends Congress home without pay if they can't advance the interests and business of the nation with a meaningful, sought after legislative agenda.
Paula March 01, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Alzheimer's is like autism. When your experience is in-depth, but only from extensive experience with one person, you become an expert on that one person with Alzheimers (or autism) You can try to learn all you can about it in a general way, but even the people who make it their lives don't know enough yet...like what causes it, what cures it, etc.
Aileen Wyckoff March 01, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Paula, you are absolutely correct. Alzheimer's affects 100 different people one hundred different ways, but universally what it does is to rob us of those that are afflicted with it. Some are made violent, some are struck silent, some turned up sweeter than they were when healthy, but they are all changed as are the lives of those who go through this with them. We need a cure/cures, better care and better/more facilities to administer that care when we can no longer provide it, financial assistance, and above all: PREVENTION. This country is about to face a health disaster the likes of which it hasn't seen since the great swine flu epidemic, and we have people complaining about Seth Rogen not being important enough to take our government's time?
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Marlene Mitchell March 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM
There is not enough done to educate people about this very nasty disease and even less done to find a cure and cause. To bad mouth Seth Rogen for trying to be part of the solution and not the problem is mean and uncaring. Ya'll should be ashamed. I truly hope you don't have to go thru the heartache of seeing a loved one disappear in front of your eyes but you can have the decency not to trivialize the hopelessness and desperation these families go thru caring for an Alzheimers family member. Martin Tillett, I think we need to go one step further...exempt them from retirement pay unless they do put in a full 20 plus years or at least use the same standards the free market place uses. Congress justifies their pay by saying that qualified people won't run unless their pay is equal to the free market....those same standards should also be used for their retirement AND Healthcare.
joanntuite March 02, 2014 at 11:22 AM
My mother passed away a year ago from Alzheimer's. It is hard on the entire family. Politicians only care about advancing themselves. they are not interested in anything that doesn't benefit them. I think it is great that Seth Rogen is making an effort to bring attention to it
W . Benz March 03, 2014 at 08:41 AM
funny

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