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Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer (R) resigned on Tuesday, after his appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s series “Who Is America,” during which he used a racial slur and exposed his buttocks, sparking outrage online.
During Sunday night’s episode of the new Showtime series, Cohen, disguised as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert, persuaded Spencer to participate in a variety of tasks.
At one point, Spencer shouted the N-word after being asked to draw attention to a hypothetical terrorist attack.
Spencer bared his bottom while shouting “USA!” and “America!” after Cohen convinced him that terrorists are intimidated by buttocks.
During another exercise, Spencer spoke with an exaggerated “Asian” accent.
Cohen’s “Who Is America?” is a half-hour satirical series that pokes fun at the current political landscape by duping various political figures into participating in Cohen’s outlandish antics. Some emerge less gracefully than others, it would seem.
Spencer announced his intention to resign at the end of the month in a letter sent to Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston, NBC News reports.
“This email/letter is to serve as an official resignation notice to your office that I will be resigning my post effective July 31, 2018,” it reads.
In a statement to CNN, Ralston called Spencer’s conduct on the show “reprehensible” and called on him to step down.
“Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” Ralston’s statement read. “Georgia is better than this.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Spencer’s actions “appalling and offensive” in a tweet on Monday, adding, “There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it.”
Prior to his resignation, Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was considering taking legal action against the show’s producers, who he claimed “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone.”
Spencer said he believed that he was participating in a training video for “elected officials who may be targeted by terrorists.”
“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” Spencer said. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”
Spencer also claimed that he was denied the chance to approve the final footage that would air.