Republican Jason Spencer strips, shouts 'n-word' on Sacha Baron Cohen's show 'Who is America?'
Jason Spencer was pranked into believing that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was an Israeli anti-terrorism expert
Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer has been criticized and is facing calls for resignation following his appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen's satire show 'Who is America?'. The show which is known to unmask the repugnant moral attitudes of several prominent figures has accentuated Spencer's racism and intolerance in the second episode.
The episode which was aired on July 22 showed the Republican state representative make racial comments when asked to enact a Chinese tourist. He kept mumbling words like "Hong Kong", "dragon" and "sushi" which he said sounded like Chinese.
When Cohen, best known for his roles in movies like 'The Dictator' and 'Borat', dressed as an Israeli counter-terror expert Captain Erran Morad, told Spencer that he needs to shout the 'n-word' to get people's attention in order to save himself from a possible kidnapping, the former assistant-physician shouted "n****r".
Cohen immediately interrupted him saying, "Are you crazy? The 'n-word' is 'noony'. Not this word. This word is disgusting." The Republican also says that he probably does not mind sneaking a camera underneath a burqa just to find out if the person is a terrorist or not.
Watch the clip from 'Who is America' below.
However, in spite of apologizing for his racial slur and dropping his pants to chase away a terrorist, Spencer has been heavily criticized by other prominent political figures. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said in a post on Twitter, "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."
David Ralston, the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, has called Spencer's "reprehensible" and has asked for his resignation. “Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately... Georgia is better than this.”
DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, claimed that Spencer "has put a blemish on our state that even Ajax cannot remove." Gubernatorial candidate and Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, who is in a run-off with Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, has already removed Spencer's endorsement and has issued in a statement: "Rep. Spencer's words and behavior are hurtful, insensitive, and completely unacceptable. At the very least, he should issue a public apology for this shameful incident."
Although Spencer did apologize for his actions, he has been unapologetic about taking legal action against "Hollywood liberals" in order to prevent ShowTime from airing the embarrassing footage.
In fact, in a series of messages to Steven Zeitchik who had joined Washington Post last year as an entertainment reporter, Spencer kept mentioning that he was threatened to behave the way he did which apparently went to the point where his wife was receiving threatening phone calls. The Republican who previously lost in the May primary elections told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety... This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”
Georgia state representative Jason Spencer just texted me his response to last night's #WhoIsAmerica episode, in which he now infamously exposed himself and yelled racial epithets during a fake training session [thread]— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) 23 July 2018
This isn't the first time that Spencer has come under fire for his impolite behavior. The Republican was involved in an argument with a former colleague, Democratic Rep. LaDawn Jones, on Facebook as she was among the many others who supported the removal of state-sponsored Confederate monuments and landmarks.
In a threatening comment on Facebook, Spencer mentioned that those who are supporting the move could "go missing". The argument began following Spencer's post in front of the Jefferson Davis memorial, where LaDawn mentioned that the monuments should not be supported by state tax dollars.
Although discussions about racial discrimination have never been uncommon between the two, things took an ugly turn when Spencer began threatening LaDawn on social media. "Continue your quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant... The truth. Not a warning. Those folks won’t put up with it like they do in Atlanta. It best you move on... I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive... They will go missing in the Okefenokee [swamp],” he continued. “Too many necks they are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.” According to LaDawn, the comments came across as a threat of physical violence.
Spencer has certainly not been a favorite ever since he backed the legislative proposal that could bar women from putting on burqas, something that Cohen clearly drew on for his show. He also referred to Catholic Church as a "pro-child predator special interest group" and the "child sexual predator lobby" following an argument over Georgia's Hidden Predator Act, which Spencer wanted to make stricter by giving adult child sexual abuse victims more time and power to sue predators, including institutions, that would harm them.
However, in spite of being passed unanimously in the House, the Senate later made sure that the language was toned down, and the bill never left the legislative session.
In his statement, Spencer has been defensive about his actions on the show 'Who is America?' as he has reportedly mentioned, "It is clear the makers of this film intended to deceive me in an attempt to undermine the American conservative political movement. Therefore, I have sought legal counsel to challenge this illegal and unethical behavior and plan on taking action if and when any of this fraudulently obtained footage of me is used by these Hollywood liberals to line their own pockets."