Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime show, Who Is America? has already caused quite a stir. Last night, Episode 2 premiered and a lawmaker from Georgia has found himself in boiling hot water following his appearance on the show.
Republican Representative Jason Spencer has found himself the subject of condemnation after his performance on Who Is America? In Episode 2, Sacha Baron Cohen revisits his character Erran Morad, an Israeli military expert. In the full length clip that Showtime released on YouTube, Spencer meets with Erran Morad (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) to learn Krav Maga — an Israeli self-defense and fighting technique.
In the video, Morad has a lesson in three parts. The first is titled, "How To: Identify A Terrorist Under A Burka." Erran Morad tells Spencer that he has come up with a way to identify whether or not someone in a burka is a terrorist or not. He goes on to explain that if Spencer pretends to be Chinese he can use a selfie stick to take a picture under the woman's burka to make sure she isn't packing explosives or a firearm. Spencer goes on to practice this technique, donning an offensive accent and inaccurate "Chinese" phrases (including "sushi" and "red dragon").
Part two of the lesson is called, "How To Stop A Kidnapping." Morad explains to Spencer, "In America there is one forbidden word — the n-word". He goes on to tell Spencer that he has three seconds to attract attention so that he does not get kidnapped by Isis. Spencer screams the word repeatedly with gusto.
Last, Morad teaches Spencer "How To Intimidate A Terrorist". Morad says, "Isis are scared of being seen as homo." He continues, "If your buttock touch them, it means they have become..." Spencer finishes, "a homosexual". The video finally concludes with Spencer pulling down his pants, backing into Morad who is posing as Isis, and screaming things like, "I'll touch you with my buttocks," "I'll make you a homosexual," and "USA motherf-----!"
Jason Spencer's reprehensible behavior is jolting, but many people are not surprised.
@nytimes He been looking for a reason to use the N word. He was not tricked! He was just showing his true nature. J… https://t.co/nd3hyQXUXN— NinjaSpaceKitty💫 (@NinjaSpaceKitty💫) 1532363480.0
@APSouthRegion @AP @SachaBaronCohen Cohen has brilliantly showcased how ignorant, racist and incompetent our elected officials truly are!— Kelly Jackson (@Kelly Jackson) 1532372176.0
@bluestein Jason Spencer is a disgrace, no excuse for any of his behavior.— Michael McNeely (@Michael McNeely) 1532347560.0
@TIME Spencer was not taken advantage of; Cohen was only able to plant a seed in ground that was already fertile.— Kat (@Kat) 1532364836.0
@washingtonpost “They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” he said in the statement. “Yes, and… https://t.co/XUxzbVhv7m— Ann Farrell Voice (@Ann Farrell Voice) 1532350490.0
@thedailybeast @SachaBaronCohen WTF????!!!! How does one get a GOP lawmaker to do this? Something is terribly wro… https://t.co/uvZpIKeV0v— Jayne Martin (@Jayne Martin) 1532340633.0
Unfit he is, and it seems that Mr. Spencer's lawmaking days were already numbered, even before the damning episode aired, as he was voted out of office in May.
To see the full clip of Jason Spencer in Who Is America?, click below.