Seth Rogen calls out senators, wins Internet

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  • Actor speaks at a Senate hearing on research for Alzheimer's disease, which afflicts his mother-in-law
  • Rogen tweet-shames Illinois senator for not attending
  • Internet bestows Rogen with his own Good Guy meme
Seth Rogen calls out senators, wins Internet

Actor Seth Rogen's heartfelt speech before the Senate Wednesday about his family's experience with Alzheimer's still has people talking days later, even earning the actor his own "Good Guy" meme (Warning: Link contains questionable language).

While Rogen stayed witty and on-point during the hearing, he took to his Twitter account to point out that it was not well-attended.

Rogen also snapped a photo of the audience he gave his speech to, calling out all the absent senators as part of the problem.

One of the senators in question, Sen. Mark Kirk, tweeted about Rogen's speech, but was not actually present for it. Rogen was quick on the draw for that one.

Known for his roles in comedies such as "Knocked Up," "Pineapple Express," and "Freaks and Geeks," the actor brought some of his trademark humor to his speech, but didn't mince words when it came to discussing what he called "the ugly truth" of the disease.

The hearing, called “Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America,” gave Rogen a chance to speak about his own experience with the disease, which afflicts his mother-in-law. While Rogen said he initially thought of symptoms as being little things like forgetting where you left your keys, he soon saw what damage it could really do.

"My mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60," Rogen told the audience.

Rogen started a charity fund, Hilarity for Charity, in 2012 to raise money to help families battling Alzheimer's and raise money for research. The first event, held in Los Angeles in 2012, raised more than $300,000 and brought big names such as Bruno Mars, Tenacious D and Patton Oswalt to perform.

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Rogen mentioned in his speech that Hilarity for Charity recently started a college program called HFC U to inspire students to hold their own events, and told the Senate that 18 schools have signed up to hold events so far.

In the end, Rogen said that he wanted to use his voice to reach out to others.

"I'm here, simply, to show people that they're not alone," Rogen said. "So few people share their personal stories. So few people have something to relate to. I know that if me and my wife saw somebody like me talking about this, we would feel less alone." 

You can watch Rogen' speech in full here.

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