Georgia lawmaker resigns after appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Georgia lawmaker resigns after appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Georgia lawmaker resigns after appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

In Sunday night's broadcast of Cohen's Showtime series Who Is America?, Cohen poses as an Israeli military expert who persuades Spencer to take part in several outlandish exercises.

But Mr Spencer initially refused to step down and instead only apologised for what he called a "ridiculously ugly episode". "I recently lost my primary election, so I will not be eligible to hold office next term", Spencer said.

"There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it", Governor Nathan Deal said in a tweet on Monday. Ralson earlier called for Spencer to do so, back when he was futilely claiming that he was going to stick it out.

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

"In America, there is one forbidden word", Baron Cohen goes on to tell Mr Spencer during the segment. The techniques Cohen suggested include pretending to be a Chinese tourist, yelling "the n-word" and pulling one's trousers down and using one's own nude buttocks as a shield.

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

Who is America? airs on Showtime in the USA and on Mondays at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK. 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", he said in a statement obtained by CNN.

Erran Morad can keep your backside.

Following the video's release, Spencer issued a statement that the British comedian "fraudulently induced me in participating in bogus self-defense and anti-terrorism training".

Later, after the credits, footage showed Spencer using a racial epithet to refer to inhabitants of the Middle East.

This is the first politician forced to resign after being humiliated on Who Is America?, but more are sure to follow as the season progresses.

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