GOP lawmaker pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen's Israeli alter-ego to resign

GOP lawmaker pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen's Israeli alter-ego to resign

GOP lawmaker pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen's Israeli alter-ego to resign

Jason Spencer, a South Georgia state lawmaker who dropped his pants and repeatedly used the "n-word" on an episode of the Showtime series "Who Is America?" on Sunday night, has announced his resignation.

"This email/letter is to serve as an official resignation notice to your office that I will be resigning my post effective July 31, 2018", Spencer wrote to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston late on Tuesday.

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.

Spencer was pranked into believing the comedian was an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who was able to convince the legislator that a series of racist acts would protect him against terrorists.

In the TV episode, which aired Sunday, Spencer is seen using multiple racial slurs, including the N-word, and exposing his bare buttocks while shouting "USA!" and "America!" for what he thought was a counterterrorism video. He issued an apology, saying: "I apologise to my family, friends, and the people of my district for this ridiculously ugly episode". Originally Spencer said that he would finish out the remaining five months of his term, but apparently the pressure to resign has been too intense.

If he refused to step down, he faced potential repercussions: Georgia Republican leaders were researching ways to reprimand him, and two legislative leaders discussed filing a joint ethics complaint targeting Spencer's behavior.


Spencer is not the first person to come unstuck on Cohen's program.

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

Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal also called on Mr Spencer to quit.

"In America, there is one forbidden word", Baron Cohen goes on to tell Mr Spencer during the segment.

Sacha Baron Cohen has taken down his first politician.

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