By most accounts actor and comedian Seth Rogen’s testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday was funny, articulate and poignant, and according to the Knocked Up and This Is The End star was missed by all but two senators, according to a report today the USA Today.
Rogen, whose 55-year-old mother-in-law suffers from the disease, testified in front of the panel that oversees Health and Human Services Department funding.
The only problem, there wasn’t much of a panel, which Rogen didn’t exactly shy from revealing through Twitter.
“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,” Rogen tweeted.
One congressman in particular, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., drew the ire of Rogen after the politician posed with the celebrity before ditching the testimony.
Rogen called out Kirk in a Twitter exchange after the senator posted an Instagram picture of he and the actor, saying, “Thanks to @Sethrogen for speaking out about efforts to #ENDALZ. RT if you know someone affected by #Alzheimers,”
Rogen’s response: “@SenatorKirk pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech” Just curious.”
Apparently Kirk had a meeting with NASA astronaut and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, who was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the film by the same name, and couldn’t stay for the testimony.
Rogen called it symbolic of how he felt the committee treated him and his cause, saying, “It hurts the cause to see that many empty seats.”