US politician resigns after saying n-word on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Jason Spencer dropped his trousers and repeatedly shouted the racial slur on the show

Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer has announced his resignation from public office, after repeatedly shouting the n-word, dropping his trousers and putting on an offensive Asian accent on Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new show Who is America?.

In the scene, which you can watch below, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert named Captain Erran Morad, leading Spencer to believe he was shooting a martial arts lesson.


In the segment, Baron Cohen teaches Spencer how to “attract attention” in the case of a kidnapping. “In America there is one forbidden word, it is the n-word,” he says. The politician then screams the racial slur loudly and repeatedly.

Afterwards, Spencer drops his trousers and rams Baron Cohen with his behind while shouting “America!” after the comedian tells him that “ISIS are scared of being seen as homo. If your buttocks touch them it means they have become a homosexual. I am going to teach you how to use your buttocks to intimidate ISIS.”

According to CNN, Spencer  has now submitted his resignation, which will take effect on July 31. He apologised in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying: “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,” Spencer said.

Elsewhere, teaching him how to ‘identify a terrorist under a Burka’, Baron Cohen tells Spencer to use a selfie stick to take photos underneath someone’s clothing, going on to show a number of upskirt photos on an iPad. Encouraged to pose as a ‘Chinese’ tourist, Spencer demonstrates while speaking random words like ‘red dragon’, ‘sushi’ and ‘konnichiwa’ in a miscellaneous Asian accent before taking a photo under an actor’s robes.

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal was among those to criticise Spencer. He 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.”

Spencer, a Republican, was picked out for the show in the wake of his support for allegedly threatening a Democrat colleague over his support of retaining Confederate monuments, and for his part in a prospective ‘Burka ban’ bill, which would make it illegal for citizens to conceal their faces in public.


Sarah Palin was also duped on the series. “I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humour’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” she said.