Longtime Georgia Republican lawmaker Jason Spencer has threatened to sue Showtime after he chose to shout the N-word and expose himself to the world on camera, thanks to some gentle encouragement by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Spencer, a four-term state representative, appeared in the latest episode of Cohen’s Who Is America? There, he put his racism on full display in what he thought was an “anti-terrorism” video being filmed by an Israeli security expert—really Cohen—who encouraged him to scream “one forbidden word” starting with the letter “n” in order to, uh, scare off terrorists or something?
If the logic behind that doesn’t make much sense to you, well, you’re a more thoughtful person than Spencer, who, without a moment’s hesitation, began stalking back and forth shouting the n-word until he was informed by Cohen that, actually, the forbidden word is “nooni.”
So, yeah, Spencer showed his ass. And then, he showed his ass again—this time literally, after Cohen insinuated that homophobic terrorists will flee from the sight of a naked buttocks. Which lead to this charming moment:
Spencer, who is serving out the remainder of his term in office after he was defeated in Georgia’s recent Republican primary elections, is already fielding calls from colleagues to resign over the segment.
“Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said in a statement. “Georgia is better than this.”
Spencer, for his part, has apologized for his unhinged racism, explaining that “They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” and that he was convinced to appear on Cohen’s show by his “fears that I would be attacked by someone.”
He also insisted that “this media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”
And here I thought Trump was elected because some vague, nebulous threat of terrorism convinced racists to finally just go out and show the world what they truly are.