The History Channel’s ten hour miniseries “The Bible”, has been a phenomenal hit for the channel, drawing in a ton of viewers to watch the biblical-themed series. However, recently, viewers were picking up on some “subliminal messages” in the program. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Are you ready for this one? Tons of viewers have been weighing in on Twitter and other social media sites with the claim that the man playing Satan in the series bears a striking resemblance to our nation’s leader. Yep, that’s right. Satan looks like Obama.
When the episode first aired, one of the very first people to point out the similarity between the Satan actor and the president was conservative commentator Glenn Beck. Beck first tweeted: “Best episode yet this Sunday. One of the most important shows in decades.” Beck also later tweeted again, posting a screenshot of the actor who plays The Devil, and adding: “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” (Beck uses the term “That Guy” to refer to Obama.) Other viewers also took to Twitter to state their opinions, with some of them saying that the actor who played Satan looked identical to Obama, and others saying that they didn’t really see the resemblance.
The actor who plays Satan in The Bible miniseries is Moroccan born actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. Ouazanni has starred in several other biblical productions, including “The Ten Commandments”, “Jeremiah”, and “David”. Producer Mark Burnett said of Ouazanni:
“The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics — including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”
The series is produced by two really big names: Mark Burnett, producer of The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, and several other big name shoes, and his wife, Roma Downey (of Touched By An Angel fame). The pair have donated to Democratic causes in the past, and Downey is known for her religious faith. (She also produces a Christian kid’s TV show). The two were quick to set the record straight when it came to the Obama/Satan rumors:
“It is absolute utter nonsense,” said Roma Downey. “This has been a phenomenal show and a phenomenal hit, and we’ve just been waiting to see what would be thrown at us in terms of trying to discredit the show. I didn’t see this coming. Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian,” Downey added. “False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
This isn’t the first time that the series has come under fire. Several biblical scholars have expressed concern that the series was depicting the “good guys” in the series as having white skin, and the bad guys in the series for having darker skin. The scholars have said that the show is appearing to “Europeanize” the characters. There hasn’t been any comment from Burnett or Downey on this criticism yet, but we guess they probably have their hands full already handling the other criticisms. You can’t argue that The Bible series has gotten people talking, and for the producers of the show, that is the important thing!