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‘The Bible’: Does The Devil Look Too Much Like President Barack Obama?

Mon, March 18, 2013 2:35pm EDT by Andy Swift 48 Comments
President Obama The Devil The Bible
History Channel, Getty Images

The resemblance may be uncanny, but the History Channel & ‘Bible’ EPs insist it’s merely a coincidence!

The History Channel has found itself at the center of a controversy of biblical proportions — literally. The March 17 installment of its new miniseries The Bible revealed the face of Satan for the first time, and some viewers think he bears an uncanny resemblance to President Barack Obama!

“Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” tweeted former FOX News personality Glenn Beck.

(I won’t get into how absurd it is that Glenn referred to Obama as “that guy,” unless of course, Glenn was just trying to avoid a lawsuit. But in this case, I’m inclined to think Glenn might actually have a point.)

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a cable series has been accused of unfortunate misrepresentation. HBO’s Game of Thrones was accused of “killing ” former president George W. Bush when the DVD commentary for the show’s first season pointed out that one of the staked heads looked an awful lot like the once-Commander in Chief.

History Channel & ‘Bible’ EPs Officially Reject Obama Comparison

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a statement March 18. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”

Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey echoed the network’s sentiments with their own statements.

“This is utter nonsense,” Mark said. “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.”

“Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian,” Roma said. “False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Does the Devil on The Bible look exactly like President Obama, or are people fishing for something that simply isn’t there? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with more of your thoughts!

— Andy Swift