Seth Rogen wasted no time going after the senators that walked out on his testimony at a hearing on Alzheimer's disease in Washington Thursday. He noted that Washington seemed to view the debilitating neurological disease as a low priority.
As Yahoo News noted Feb. 27, Seth Rogen, in keeping with his funny-man persona, delivered a funny but yet compassionate speech to the few senators -- two -- that even bothered to attend. One senator left prior to the "This Is The End" star's speech but reached out to Rogen via Twitter, but the actor didn't waste time asking him why he left before he spoke.
Rogen's testimony centered around the "real ugly truth" of Alzheimer's and the impact it had on the life of his mother-in-law who, at 60, had lost the mental capability of speaking, feeding herself, dressing, and going to the bathroom.
After leaving the hearing chamber, the "Guilt Trip" star immediately jumped on Twitter and asked why he wasn't playing to a more filled room.
"Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing," he wrote. "Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer's. Seems to be a low priority.
Seth Rogen has been speaking out about the horrors of Alzheimer's disease for several years now and created the philanthropic organization Hilarity For Charity to raise both funds and awareness about the disease.
According to a release by Alzheimer's Association, President Obama signed a bill that included $122 million in additional funding for research and care.
But the increased funding is seen as inadequate.
The Association notes that there are currently 5 million people living with Alzheimer's and that number is expected to expand to 16 million by 2050. The disease is expected to cost Americans $1.2 trillion.
“Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s, because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s," Rogen said during his testimony. "And, although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it is still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding it deserves and needs, if for no other reason, than to get some peace and quiet.”