Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show Who Is America? has already proved it can produce some incredibly shocking moments, rivalling anything he produced as Ali G, Borat or Bruno.
The second episode, in which Cohen plays Col. Erran Morad, an Israeli terrorism expert, saw him dupe Republican state representative from Georgia, Jason Spencer, into filming a series of utterly shocking statements and actions.
The 43-year-old politician, who was elected to the House in 2010, makes a crudely racist impression of a Chinese tourist (while filming upskirt footage of a ‘potenial terrorist’), screams the N-word at a would-be attacker, and then strips off in order to homophobically ‘attack’ an ISIS member with his buttocks whilst shouting ‘USA’.
Watch the clip and prepare to pick up your jaw from the floor…
As if this wasn’t enough, a post-credits clip, entitled “A Message to Terrorists from Rep. Jason Spencer” sees him brandishing a knife and biting a chunk of sausage whilst saying:
“All you damn sand-n***ers over in the Middle East, we are tired of you coming to America and we are tired of you trying to threaten us. We will cut off your dick, you understand? We will take your dick and we will shove it in your mouth. How are you going to rape children and women without a dick?”
The politician’s antics on the show quickly drew condemnation, including from Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who tweeted: “The actions and language used by Jason Spencer are appalling and offensive. There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it.”
Georgia’s lieutenant governor Casey Cagle added: “Jason Spencer is a disgrace to Georgia and should resign his elected office immediately. While I’m glad he never supported our campaign and actually actively opposed us, I think it speaks to the judgment of our voters that he was overwhelmingly defeated earlier this year.”
Well, Spencer has now announced his resignation, effective from 31 July.
In a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he said: “In posing as an Israeli agent, (Cohen) pretended to offer self-defense exercises. As uncomfortable as I was to participate, I agreed to, understanding that these ‘techniques’ were meant to help me and others fend off what I believed was an inevitable attack.
“My fears were so heightened at that time, I was not thinking clearly nor could I appreciate what I was agreeing to when I participated in his ‘class.’ I was told I would be filmed as a ‘demonstration video’ to teach others the same skills in Israel. Sacha and his crew further lied to me, stating that I would be able to review and have final approval over any footage used.
“I deeply regret the language I used at (Cohen’s) request as well as my participation in the ‘class’ in general. If I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place. I apologize to my family, friends, and the people of my district for this ridiculously ugly episode.”