Subversive comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been making headlines around the nation for outrageous things he’s gotten his Republican interviewees to say and do — and his latest episode is his most controversial yet.
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Republican State Rep. Jason Spencer of Georgia is now facing calls for his resignation after being filmed screaming the word “n*****r” four times after being told by Cohen, who was playing an Israeli “military expert,” that it would help ward off terrorists.
“Are you crazy. The ‘n-word’ is ‘noony,’ not this word. This word is disgusting” responds a disgusted Cohen.
Later in the show, Spencer pulls down his pants and chases Cohen with his bare buttocks and genitals exposed while yelling “USA motherf*cker” and “I’ll make you a homosexual!”
This is elected GOP lawmaker Jason Spencer participating in what he thought was an anti-terrorism training video with @SachaBaronCohen on tonight's #WhoIsAmerica https://t.co/HaVJ3HDFIF pic.twitter.com/1VX4xeueu7
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 23, 2018
Spencer also films what he fails to recognize is a video reminiscent of those made by terror groups like al-Qaeda. In it, he addresses all the “sand-n*****s” in the Middle East and pantomimes cutting off the penis of the terrorist-mannequin, then produces a sausage, which is supposed to represent the penis, and takes an enormous bite out of it.
Here’s the video GOP Rep. Jason Spencer threatened to sue Showtime over if they aired it on #WhoIsAmerica.
It’s not good. pic.twitter.com/gIIJfnxEZG
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 23, 2018
It is a truly bizarre thing to witness. As Esquire noted, in any normal country, this disgusting display of racism and Islamophobia would be the end of this man’s career — but in Trump’s America, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see his favorability ratings rise for his refusal to be “politically correct.”
Spencer did lose his primary in May, so he will soon no longer be a public servant and can go back to being a racist in private.
Spencer claims that his fears of being attacked were “taken advantage of” by Cohen, who he claims preyed on his “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.”
But given that the last time Spencer made national news it was because he told a black lawmaker that she might “go missing” for threatening Confederate statues, it’s obvious that this is who he is and what he believes.
While Republicans across the country have been infuriated by the way that he gets his footage, the genius of his unique brand of comedy is on full display here. When interacting with idiots and racists, he simply creates a situation for them which inspires them to indulge their natural impulses — to be racist — and lets the subjects throw themselves under the bus and expose themselves for who they really are.
We can’t wait to see what he has in store for next week.