Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer was duped by Sacha Baron Cohen and his crew during the making of the new TV special, “Who is America?”. The episode aired on Sunday and sullied Spencer’s reputation. In his appearance, Spencer exposed his buttock and screamed racial slurs. In response, House Speaker David Ralston suggested Spencer’s resignation.
In the episode, Cohen posed as an Israeli self-defense specialist against terrorism. Cohen tricked Spencer into participating
Spencer recalled his experience:
“Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked. In posing as an Israeli Agent, he pretended to offer self-defense exercises. As uncomfortable as I was to participate, I agreed to, understanding that these ‘techniques’ were meant to help me and others fend off what I believe was an inevitable attack.”
“My fears were so heightened at that time, I was not thinking clearly nor could I appreciate what I was agreeing to when I participated in his “class”. I was told I would be filmed as a “Demonstration video” to teach others the same skills in Israel. Sacha and his crew further lied to me, stating that I would be able to review and have final approval over any footage used.”
Spencer may face repercussions for his involvement and actions. Georgia politicians are currently researching ways to rebuke the state Rep.
Spencer issued an apology while managing to bash President Donald Trump simultaneously.
“I deeply regret the language I used at his request,” said Spencer.
Spencer also stated that “they exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety. This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”
The Governor of Georgia 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’s future in politics is unknown.