Sen. Paul Ryan And Children Approach Celebrity for Photo, Get Shot Down

Seth Rogen, the Canadian-American actor, writer and director, appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' for an interview, and shared a run-in he had with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The GOP senator had his kids in tow and wanted a photo op with Rogen, but the celebrity refused. Then he proceeded to chew out Ryan, right in front of his children.

Rogen had been invited to speak at Mitt Romney's Experts and Enthusiasts conference, an elite invitation-only conference run by the former president to raise funds for charities. Rogen was asked to speak about Alzheimer's disease. He and his wife, Laura Miller Rogen, founded the charity Hilarity for Charity to raise money for Alzheimer's care.

Though Rogen is not a fan of conservative politics, he took the opportunity to raise awareness of his apolitical cause and attended the event. While he was there, he was stunned when Sen. Paul Ryan approached him.

"My whole body puckered, as it were," Rogen tells Colbert. "I tensed up and I kind of, I didn’t know what to do. And he came over, just grabbed my hand, just like, 'I’m shaking his hand, I don’t know what to do'."

“Can I have a picture with you?” Ryan asked, according to Rogen.

"And I look over, and his kids are standing right there expectantly, clearly fans of mine," Rogen continued. "And I said, 'No way, man!'"

The Late Show audience broke into cheers at this.

"And I couldn’t stop, and I said, 'Furthermore, I hate what you’re doing to the country at this moment, and I’m counting the days till you no longer have one iota of the power that you currently have.'"

Rogen says that he felt bad for Ryan's kids, but he says 'they should probably learn that if they like a movie or song, the person that made that, probably doesn't like their dad that much'.

Rogen notes that Ryan's kids seemed 'lovely and very Caucasian'.

This is only the latest in a slew of slights against Republicans. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, was thrown out of a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night. She and her party of seven were asked to leave after the staff took a vote, the owner said. They decided to deny service to her on ‘moral grounds’.

“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” said Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen, to the Washington Post. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion. I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation," Wilkinson continued. "I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was harassed and chased out of a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday. One of the hecklers who chased her out, a socialist, is an employee with the Department of Justice.

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