Posing as an Israeli anti-terror commando, Sacha Baron Cohen tricks Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer to participate in a phony training course and willingly performs a variety of blatantly racist ‘counter-terrorism tactics’ for his new TV series, “Who Is America?”
– WATCH video (it’s as hilarious as it is unfortunate)
Republican Georgia State Representative Jason Spencer, who was pranked by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s Israeli alter-ego into baring his buttocks and repeatedly shouting the “n-word” on the provocative new Showtime series “Who Is America?”, announced his resignation following a wave of backlash in response to his embarrassing and offensive appearance on the show.
Spencer’s resignation will take effect on July 31, according to a letter he submitted to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, CNN reported.
In Spencer’s career-ending appearance on the show, he is pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen’s macho Israeli commando character Col. Erran Morad into participating in a training session on a variety of blatantly racist “counter-terrorism” tactics.
The GOP lawmaker, best known for trying to ban Muslim women from wearing burkas and defending confederate statutes, is shown on camera baring his backside yelling expletives, including repeatedly shouting the “N-word”.
Spencer is taught to use a selfie-stick to take an upskirt shot of someone in burka in order to ascertain whether he or she is a terrorist. At the same time, he does a racist Asian impression after being told to imitate a Chinese tourist in a simulation scenario.
Spencer bares his backside and is instructed to back into Cohen’s character in a simulation for confronting a presumably homophobic ISIS member, after the comedian tells him that an Israeli Mossad saying dictates, “’If you want to win, you show some skin.’”
Following the video’s release, Spencer issued a statement that the British comedian “fraudulently induced me in participating in bogus self-defense and anti-terrorism training.”
But Spencer’s conduct drew a tidal wave of backlash and fresh calls for the longtime lawmaker, who is no stranger to controversy, to step down.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Spencer’s actions and language “appalling and offensive”.
“There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it,” he said.
Spencer previously faced calls for his resignation in 2016, after he told an African-American attorney that she might ‘go missing’ if the state’s confederate statutes were threatened.
Spencer has served in Georgia’s House of Representatives since 2010. He was due to lose his position later this year after being defeated by political newcomer Steven Sainz in the GOP primary elections in May.
Spencer is not the only political figure to have been embarrassed by Cohen’s “Col. Erran Morad”. In the first episode of “Who Is America?”, the same boorish Israeli commando managed to gets US Congressmen to endorse a fake gun training program for children as young as three.
“Who Is America?” is a satirical seven-episode series which sees Cohen adopt different personas to interview unsuspecting public figures in a caricature of the American political and cultural climate in the era of Donald Trump.
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