Sacha Baron Cohen has a controversial new comedy show on Showtime called “Who Is America?”, and this past Sunday, an episode aired of him putting Rep. Spencer through a prank interview that could put his political career in jeopardy, according to this Vice News article.
During one segment of the show, according to the article, “Cohen’s fake anti-terror expert character, Col. Erran Morad, somehow convinces the state representative [Rep. Spencer] that the only way to ward off terrorists is by shouting racist slurs, baring his butt, and using a selfie stick to snap upskirt photos under burqas—and Spencer gladly does it all.”
But specifically, Rep. Spencer shouted a racial slur, the N-word when Cohen’s character told him to pretend he was a terrorist trying to kidnap him and to shout “the N-word” to attract attention.
When Rep. Spencer shouted the word, Cohen’s character corrected him and told him the word he wanted to hear was “noony,” but by that point, it was already too late.
Now, Vice News says that politicians and the Council for American-Islamic Relations are calling for Rep. Spencer’s resignation from his fourth and final term in office.
Even Governor Nathan Deal 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.”
Rep. Spencer has yet to make a response publicly. However, he has tried to “preemptively dismiss his actions in a statement last week accusing Cohen of taking ‘advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone’ and ‘[exploiting] my state of mind for profit and notoriety.’”
Rep. Spencer is only the most recent politician to be pranked by Cohen. Before him, Cohen pranked conservatives Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin when he interviewed them in different disguises. No one quite knows what point the known provocateur is trying to make, but if it’s making a fool of the GOP, he seems to be succeeding.