Seth Rogen's Raw, Moving Speech to Congress Totally Makes Up For 'The Green Hornet'
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Seth Rogen's Raw, Moving Speech to Congress Totally Makes Up For 'The Green Hornet'

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | February 27, 2014 | Comments ()


I’ve always had a soft spot for Seth Rogen. I think it’s because to me he will always be the abrasive, yet gentle and hermaphrosensitive Ken Miller.


Because of that, I’ve been able to overlook the Knocked Ups and the Pineapple Expresses and focus on the 50/50s and the That One Episode of The Mindy Projects of his career. But yesterday, Seth Rogen did something truly fantastic.

Rogen went before a Senate committee to talk about Alzheimer’s Disease. He did this for a few reasons. First, to make House of Cards jokes. Natch.

Mostly, though, he wanted to talk about a disease that isn’t talked about enough. There is still very much a stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s that needs to be dismantled. Rogen spoke about his organization, Hilarity for Charity because, as he puts it,

That’s right, the situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated manchild to start an entire charity organization.

Rogen talks about his own very personal experiences with the disease in true Ken Miller fashion. It’s intimate and tender, and alternately snarky and glib.

A post-script: Apparently the line that got cut off at the end was “Although I’m sorry you had to unmask me, I’m really Kevin Spacey in disguise.” Bravo, Mr. Chairman.

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  • jjrox

    I know there are many who people like me who have family members who are in a bad place because of this disease. My grandfather is suffering from this terrible disease and my poor grandmother is really at her wits end. As he is a WWll vet, you would think there would be lots of help but she gets 5 hours of help spread over 3 days. Really that's only enough to allow her to run errands. He is mean and snappy but she can't stand to see him in a home and is afraid if she puts him in one he will be gone sooner. My sister and I are trying to help from several states away but it really is just a terrible situation.

  • kali yuga

    Unfortunately, we live in a country that has been hijacked by TeaBaggers, Idiot Christers, Republi-Cons, and Corporatist Democraps who all agree: "If you're not filthy rich, and you need help, fuck you. We only have money for killing and spying. Now go die in a ditch. Oh, and thanks for your vote, suckers."

  • Making up "clever" nicknames for people you don't like or disagree with is childish and will only serve to keep people from taking you seriously and/or give them a excuse to write you off as part of the lunatic fringe.

  • kali yuga

    Maybe you didn't get the memo, but these "people" are destroying our country. They are a direct threat, to you, to me, to the entire planet. I'm not interested in playing the failed game of nicey-nice that liberals and progressives have insisted on for the last 35 years. It's quite obvious at this point how things work out when you bring a butter knife to a gunfight. Thanks for the free advice, though.

  • Maybe it's less a 'failed game of nicey-nice' and more 'behaving like adults and discussing things like rational people.' But hey, if you want to marginalize yourself and do twice the work for half the reward, that's up to you.

  • kali yuga

    Yes, behave like the nice rational adult who never gets angry, never fights for anything, while the wingnuts who run everything kick us in the nuts over . . . and over . . . and over again. That strategy might work if you're dealing with people that can be reasoned with, but, unfortunately, that's not the case. So, no thanks.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    BTW, doing the 5 minute opening testimony is brutally hard. He did a great job, but even he was reading the whole thing.

    I've done big huge conferences, I've done TV, but nothing is as hard as nailing the 5 minute opening remarks.

    Over the years I've done it around 10 times, and it's always tough. The room is set up so you sit at this long table that's too high to rest your elbows on comfortably, the Members of Congress sit up high on a dais, but not all together, some sit are the far edges, some in the middle. Sometimes they ignore you, chatting with each other or their staff while you talk - that's both rude and unnerving.

    In front of you you have a red, yellow and green light, and a timer set to 5 minutes. at the 30 second mark, it turns to yellow, and then at 5, you have to stop. Some chairmen will let you go over, but some will cut you off mid sentence.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    My grandmother died in 1999 after who knows how many years of Alzheimers - only diagnosed a year or two before her death. I don't know about the stigma aspect either - I think people are terrified of getting in (I freak at the thought of my mother becoming like my grandmother in that sense, because Grandma got forgetful but more than that, Grandma got mean), and I think it's extraordinarily difficult to care for those with it.

    But I do think that it likely that people who've been diagnosed with Alzheimers would not reveal it to many people - I know I wouldn't - because you wouldn't want to be regarded as being already gone, even if you're in the early stages. I think that's true of most degenerating diseases though. "See me, not my disease."

  • I want the record to note Seth Rogen's awesome laugh. How do you think that's written down?

  • Peaches&Sunshine

    I want the record to note your awesome choice of name AND picture. :)

  • Classic

    I think some people find it to hard to care for Alzheimer's patients. My cousin's mom is going through this with her grandmother. She has early stages Alzheimer's and she can't be left alone but refuses to leave her home.

  • foolsage

    It's harder than you'd think. It's especially painful to watch someone you love slowly lose themselves.

    I'm speaking from current experience here.

  • Classic

    Sorry foolsage

  • foolsage

    Thanks. :)

    It's great to have public awareness increasing, anyhow. Maybe someday we'll find a cure.

  • Peaches&Sunshine

    You are absolutely right. Psychiatric and specifically Alzheimer's patients require a special breed. I am not quite that special breed, honestly.

    It is nearly always a sticky and emotional situation. Like I suggested to Target_Blonde, if I may be so bold, try incorporating a home healthcare agency to provide some relief.

  • Classic

    Yeah I would like to think I could/would rise above but it sounds exhausting. If you have to work a full time job and don't have enough money to pay for adult care I dont know how anyone could get through this. It's not fair to a lot of families that wish they could keep their parents/aunts/uncles, etc. with them but realize that they can't afford to do so since there is literally no help and that a home is going to be the only solution for them.

  • phase10

    Good for him, but I guess I didn't realize there was a stigma surrounding Alzheimer's. I always felt it was a terrible disease.

  • Peaches&Sunshine

    Phase, I work at a privately owned psych hospital in the South. More specifically, I work the overnight shift on the geriatric/medically complex unit. A patient has been at my hospital over a month after being formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's (the symptoms were all there beforehand, but an imaging test confirmed it) because the family refused to allow the patient back home. Granted, the patient had a history of leaving stove burners on, and one time put a whole unopened can of biscuits in the hot oven. But not once has the patient had family come visit, nor have clothes been dropped off for the patient to wear. A couple of other patients donated a shirt and jeans for the patient to wear, but that's about it. I know it's not easy to care for someone with Alzheimer's. But I don't understand how the family is not willing to even drop off clothes for the patient to wear.

  • Target_Blonde

    My mother has some pretty significant mental health problems, forcing my father to be her primary caregiver (I'm an only child.) Whenever my dad complains to me that he feels he's not doing enough - and trust me he does *everything* to maintain the household on top of working a 70+ hour work week when he should be retired - I share stories like yours Peaches to remind him of how much of a hero he truly is.

    Thank you for doing the work you do because at some point we're going to need professional help and empathic persons such as yourself go an incredibly long way towards making that decision easier on us as her family.

  • Peaches&Sunshine

    Thank you for your kind words. My hat is off to your dad, he really is a hero. I'm sorry he feels like he's not good enough. If I may make a couple of suggestions...

    Sounds like your dad is suffering (rightly so) from caregiver fatigue. I'd suggest helping him find a good home healthcare agency to contract with to provide respite care for your mom, if you both feel it would be best for her to stay in her home. There are agencies out there that specialize in mental health. All providers employed by a home healthcare agency should be Certified Nursing Assistants and registered with your state's board of nursing.

    If you and your dad feel that your mom would be better in an assisted living facility or a group home, talk to your mom's doctor to see if he/she has any recommendations of good ALFs or GHs in the area.

    However, I must also state that psychiatric hospitals are not a good place to send a family member suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. The patient I spoke of earlier, quite honestly my opinion is we are not doing anything beneficial for them besides keeping them in a place where they are not a danger to themselves or others.

  • phase10

    Wow, that is sad. I'd like to believe there were other mitigating family dynamics at play, but people can be cruel.

  • Wait a minute. I'll give you Pineapple Express. But what was wrong with his performance in Knocked Up?

  • vivkane

    I actually really like HIM in everything, cause he's pretty much always the same lovable goofball. His choices, though, sometimes make me gag.

  • poopnado

    Agree! I didn't even think he was bad in Pineapple Express either.

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