Friday, February 28, 2014

The Sting Of Rejection Meets The Twitterverse

Seth Rogen speaks to an empty room
Seth Rogen is a movie star.

A STAR, people. Famous. His name commands attention in Hollywood. He gets the best tables at the trendiest restaurants. He is somebody.

How dare the members of Congress not recognize his authority?

How dare they not sit and listen to his so-called testimony regarding Alzheimer's disease, of which he is clearly an expert because his mother-in-law has Alzheimer's.

The Senators walked out on the acclaimed actor and he was deeply offended. So offended that he took to the Twitterverse to call out Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, who is an expert on strokes because he's recovering from one. Mr. Rogen had a snarky comment for the disabled gentleman, implying a deep hurt at being disrespected after the Senator left the chamber to attend another pressing meeting. With Jim Lovell, an expert on space travel because he's been in outer space.

What did the mass exodus mean? What lesson could Mr. Rogen draw from the poor attendance at his speech, when he is a famous actor who commands much respect in his field and in his native habitat of Hollywood?

Clearly Congress is not making a priority of Alzheimer's research because they ignored the facts as presented by Mr. Rogen, an expert in the field. If America's elected representatives pay no attention to Seth Rogen it must be due to their lack of commitment to finding a cure.

It cannot be that the Senators recognize Mr. Rogen's complete lack of standing to speak on the issue. It cannot be that the Senators understand that the testimony of the electorate, who also have family members afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and are equally knowledgeable about the illness. will be given attention because they vote and appeasing the voters is more important than appeasing some actor from California.

The sting of rejection is forgotten after you've reached the top. It hurts that much more to be rejected again, when you think you're somebody, only to find out that you are not such a somebody outside of your little bubble.

And after the Congress fawned all over Ben Affleck, the handsome film star, hanging on his every word and acting as if he really is an expert on the Congo. Why, because he's been there? How is that more creditable than dealing with an illness in the family?

That rejection really has to hurt.

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