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

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An American politician ridiculed by Sacha Baron Cohen has resigned after he dropped his pants and repeatedly used a racial slur on the British comedian's satirical television series.

Spencer was already a controversial figure but there were increasing calls for his resignation after Sunday's episode of "Who is America?", the new Showtime series in which comedian Sacha Baron Cohen uses fake identities to trick people into interviews.

Spencer apologized in comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, adding, "Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked".

He persuades Spencer to fend off an attacker by charging at him backwards? he shouts "USA!" and "America!"? with his bare bottom exposed.

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Mr Spencer had initially refused to quit over what he called a "ridiculously ugly episode". Cohen, in disguise as Captain Erran Morad, pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism advocate.

According to CNN, he has also written to David Ralston, the House Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, to let him know that he was resigning from office, effective July 31.

Who is America? airs on Showtime in the U.S. and on Mondays at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK.

Ralston and others called for his immediate resignation.

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Spencer would have left office at the end of the year anyway. "Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat".

After the episode aired, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal condemned Mr Spencer's actions and language on the show.

At one point in the show, Spencer yelled the N-word multiple times, with little prompting from the host.

In the now-viral episode, Spencer can be seen charging towards Cohen, bare butt-first, in an exercise created to frighten off potential homophobic Islamic terrorist kidnappers. There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it. In the first episode, for instance, Baron Cohen convinced a gallery owner to contribute her own pubes to his art project (an art project in which the medium was human shit) and posed as an NPR-listening progressive to convince some SC conservatives that liberals have sex with dolphins and require their sons to pee sitting down.

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