Who Is America?: Georgia State Rep Resigns After Epithet-Laced Pranking

25 July, 2018, 23:29 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • This image released by Showtime shows Jason Spencer in a scene from the series

Just two episodes in, Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? has created buzz for itself by having a disguised Cohen dupe various political figures into making controversial statements and doing egregious things.

Jason Spencer will step down at the end of the month, a spokesman for Georgia House speaker David Ralston told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Spencer apologized for what he called a "ridiculously ugly episode", but initially refused to step down.

He was due to leave his seat in May, after being defeated in the Republican primary, but had meant to serve his remaining five months in the role. But his resignation doesn't come without some cost: Had Spencer stayed through the end of his term, he would have been eligible for taxpayer-funded health insurace for the rest of his life.

Spencer told Cohen's character, "I don't call it a burqa ban, I call it an anti-masking statute".

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In the second lesson, Mr Spencer was instructed that the best way to stop a kidnapping was to attract attention by shouting the "N-word". "There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it". In the short segment, Spencer screams the N-word (with the hard "r") repeatedly, mocks Asian culture with an offensive accent and mannerisms, and tries to scare a supposed terrorist by exposing his buttocks. "If I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place", he said in a statement obtained by CNN. "Do not worry Jason Shpenker, Erran Morad have got your backside".

And finally, Mr Spencer was told he could intimidate terrorists by pulling down his trousers and exposing his buttocks.

Who Is America? airs on Showtime in the USA and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, at 10pm on Sundays.

Mr Spencer has since apologised for his behaviour and said he "deeply regrets" the language he used.

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