Sacha Baron Cohen Prank Forces Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer to Resign

Sacha Baron Cohen and Jason Spencer in Who Is America

Sacha Baron Cohen and Jason Spencer in Who Is America

For GOP lawmaker Jason Spencer, it took a couple of days. No, thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America?, he's now known for something else.

The video in question is as horrifying as it sounds.

After the episode of Cohen's new political prank show premiered Sunday night on Showtime, fellow Georgia lawmakers - including Governor Nathan Deal - expressed embarrassment at the way their colleague behaved. The clip was also posted on YouTube where it has been viewed over 3 million times.

Both candidates had urged Spencer to resign. He lost the Republican primary, meaning he'd be out of office in November anyway - so this is merely accelerating his departure.

Well 24 hours makes a huge difference.

Kaleb McMichen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late on Tuesday that Jason Spencer would step down. Who knows what the future will hold for this Showtime show, but it's going to be big.

Sacha Baron Cohen in Who Is America
Sacha Baron Cohen in Who Is America

Ralson earlier called for Spencer to do so, back when he was futilely claiming that he was going to stick it out. Cohen, in disguise as Captain Erran Morad, pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism advocate.

"There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it", he said. 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.

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

Spencer apologized for the "ridiculously ugly episode", but initially refused to resign.

Spencer was accused of being racist and Islamophobic long before his appearance on Cohen's show after he made threatening remarks to a black attorney protesting Confederate monuments and tried to introduce legislation that would have banned women from wearing burqas in public.

Spencer then repeatedly chases Baron Cohen around buttocks-first, with his pants around his ankles.

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