Georgia Lawmaker Who Exposed Himself, Yelled Racial Slur on TV is Resigning

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Fellow Republicans had called on state Representative Jason Spencer to resign after his appearance on shock comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America?" where he slurred African-Americans, Middle Easterners and Asians at the urging of a character played by Cohen.

Posing as an Israeli terrorism expert named Col. Erran Morad, Cohen and asked Spencer to participate in a training video on how elected officials can prevent themselves from becoming victims of terrorism.

Spencer repeatedly shouts a racial slur for black people after Baron Cohen tells him the tactic is useful for drawing bystanders' attention to an unfolding attack.

Cohen then convinced him to drop his trousers and touch him, claiming it would deter terrorists who are afraid of being perceived as gay.

Spencer apologized for the "ridiculously ugly episode", but initially refused to resign. I recently lost my primary election, so I will not eligible to hold office next term.

Ralston and others had called for Spencer's immediate resignation. "Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat".

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After the episode of Cohen's new political prank show premiered Sunday night on Showtime, fellow Georgia lawmakers - including Governor Nathan Deal - expressed embarrassment at the way their colleague behaved.

He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had feared a terrorist attack at the time, and "if I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place".

Finally, Baron Cohen tells Spencer the best way to scare off a terrorist is to chase them with your buttocks, and they are scared of homosexuality.

Spencer's pending exit was revealed in a letter he has submitted to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston who had previously called Spencer's actions and language "reprehensible".

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show "Who Is America?" pranked United States politicians and congressmen.