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ATLANTA – A Georgian lawmaker is the latest public figure caught on trousers on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen's new cable television series, this time literally, as a state legislator bares his buttocks, speaking with a fake Asian accent and screams a racist denigration all in the name of the fight against terrorism.
On the Sunday night broadcast of Cohen's Showtime series "Who is America?" Cohen poses as an Israeli military expert who persuades Republican MP Jason Spencer to take part in some unusual exercises. Legislators are told to make an anti-terror video.
Spencer repeatedly shouts a black-race for blacks after Cohen has told him that the tactic is useful to alert viewers to a developing attack.
He also drops his pants, then his underwear, before flinging his exposed rear end towards Cohen while saying "USA!" and "America!" Cohen told Spencer that the move would scare homophobic jihadists. The segment also features Spencer, who speaks with a fake Asian accent as he pretends to use a selfie stick to secretly put a camera phone under the burqa of a Muslim woman.
Spencer's comradeship shocked horrified Republicans in Georgia. State House Speaker David Ralston said Spencer "embarrassed himself and should resign immediately," reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
GOP Governor Nathan Deal said in a tweet, "There is no excuse for this kind of behavior, never am I sad and disgusted."
Nevertheless, Spencer will not be billed at the ballot box this year. A Republican challenger has already arrested the legislature in Georgia's primaries of May 22
The Georgian legislator has been accused of making insulting remarks and suggestions in the past. In 2016, Spencer attempted to update a 1951 law prohibiting Ku Klux Klan members from wearing hoods at public rallies. Civil rights and Muslim interest groups called Spencer's bill a veiled attempt to prevent Muslim women from wearing religious headgear that covers their faces in public.
He quickly dropped the proposal.
Spencer is not the first public figure to be deceived by Cohen in his Showtime series. Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and the former Sheriff of Arizona and US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio were also deceived.
In a statement, Spencer apologized for the "ridiculously ugly episode," but he refused to step down from the office. He also said that he has received death threats in the past and thought that the techniques in the Showtime segment would prevent "what I considered an inevitable attack."
The Atlanta newspaper reported that Spencer had previously threatened legal action to prevent the network from being broadcast
The Islamic Council for American-Islamic Relations also demanded Spencer's resignation
"The ignorance and malice behind Islamophobia has Mr. Spencer made not only to persecute bad policies, but also humiliating and hateful behavior Needless of anyone – especially from a state legislator, "said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, director of the group's Georgia chapter.
Spencer faced forced resignations last year after warning a black former state legislator about torches, but something much more definite "if she continued to remove the Confederate statues in South Georgia.