Georgia lawmaker resigns after appearance on 'Who Is America?'

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on DEC 17, 2018

Republican state representative Jason Spencer has resigned after yelling the n-word and showing his rear on Sacha Baron Cohen's show-Who Is America?

Republican state representative Jason Spencer has resigned after yelling the n-word and showing his rear on Sacha Baron Cohen's showWho Is America?, Vox reported.

Spencer, who wrote a bill that would ban burqas, said that he went on the show because he believed he would be learning how to defend against potential terrorist attacks.
Cohen poses as an Israeli security expert in the clip, and Spencer follows his instructions to place a phone camera under a burqa to take a picture and determine whether the actor wearing the burqa is hiding weapons. Another technique Cohen's character encourages Spencer to try is to remove his pants and chase would-be attackers with his bare rear to scare them away. Spencer was also told that a good way to attract attention in public when under attack was to yell an unspecified n-word, which Cohen's character explains is "noonie" after Spencer uses a racist slur instead.

"You crazy?" Cohen asks. "The n-word is 'noonie.' Not this word. This word is disgusting."

Spencer uses the slur again in a post-credits video in which he threatens Middle Eastern immigrants.

The politician initially ignored calls for his resignation and argued that Cohen had taken advantage of his genuine fears regarding terrorist attacks. However, he submitted a letter of resignation effective July 31 after members of his own party, including Gov. Nathan Deal, increased pressure.

Other well-known politicians, including Sarah Palin, were similarly embarrassed by Cohen and have spoken out about their experiences

 

 

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