Satan in the miniseries "The Bible." Photo courtesy of Glenn Beck/Twitter

Satan in the miniseries “The Bible.” Photo courtesy of The History channel


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(RNS) The producers of History channel’s “The Bible” fended off claims Monday (March 18) that the actor who plays Satan in the miniseries resembles President Barack Obama.

Executive producers Mark Burnett, who created “Survivor,” and his wife, the actress Roma Downey, described the comparisons as “utter nonsense.”

“Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of the Bible,” according to a statement from Downey, who starred in the television show “Touched by an Angel.”

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the Moroccan actor who portrays Satan, has played satanic roles prior to his work on “The Bible,” the statement said.

The social media sphere blew up with the comparison Sunday night, which was touted by  conservative commentator Glenn Beck, among others.

“Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” Beck tweeted along with a picture of Ouazanni in costume.

Beck followed up Monday telling the media to relax. He said the similarity was “funny, nothing more.”

The History channel also sought to dampen the controversy.

President Obama speaks to Congress.  Photo courtesy the White House

President Obama speaks to Congress. Photo courtesy the White House


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“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” in the statement released Monday.

“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,” it continued.

“The Bible” has raked in huge TV ratings since its beginning. According to Nielsen, 10.9 million people tuned in to watch Sunday, making it the most watched show on TV that night.

The five-part miniseries, which has two installations left, airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. EST on the History channel.

16 Comments

  1. Couldn’t have said it any better, Jude. And I think you are right about pulling the curtain aside. The only question is, will people be alert enough to notice?

  2. I am Ivorian (fraternal citizen of the world…), i live since 2004 in a refugee camp in Ghana .I would like to greet President Obama for his courage and his hard work in the advancement of humanity. I am an ivorian refugee living at krisan refugee camp in Ghana in a total discrimination for 9 years. I am discriminated by the UNHCR in Ghana. I need the support of President Obama in order to help me find a Resettlement Program in a third country. Thank You to You Great Master of the UNIVERS.

  3. They say it wasn’t done on purpose? Hell just froze over too! I have been searching the internet for a picture of this guy without his “O” makeup, haven’t found one yet, but still looking,

    • You haven’t found it yet you know. There is so much of this kind of “reasoning” today. ” Don’t mix my mind up with the facts! I already know what has happened!” No wonder Christianity is having such a hard time these days. This is one of the most stupid generations to ever disgrace our planet and Christianity demands a modicum of brains for widespread acceptance.

    • For Mary, I was able to find this picture, hope this helps.. http://500px.com/photo/17444135

      Might we remember that our Savior said there would be many “anti-Christs”, We should be saturated in the word as to recognize HIM, our True Messiah when HE returns. May we continuously keep the focus on him, praying for his return and praying earnestly for ISRAEL!!

  4. Not only dose Obama look like the Devil, but his number and date of birth also adds up to the beast.!!!…

    Obama is 44th president of the United States of America and the word “Beast” is mentioned in its singular form 44 times in the book of Revelations. ……

    “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666″ Revelation 13:16-18

    Barack Obama Born 4 August 1961 the 216th day of the year. 216 = 6x6x6…….

    .A=6 B=12 C=18 D=24 E=36 etc. BARACK = 216 = 6X6X6………….

    .A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=11 L=12 M= 13 N=14 O=15 P=16 Q=17 R=18 S=19 T=20 U=21 V=22 W=23 X=24 Y=25 Z=26.

    Barack: = 2+1+18+1+3+11=36
    Hussein= 8+21+19+19+5+9+14=95
    Obama = 15+2+1+13+1=32
    Add these three totals 36+95+32=163
    Multiply by the Beast: = 1 63 x 666 = 108,558
    Split and Add: = 108 + 558 = 666.

    The numbers 13, 33, 44, 322, 666, are all synonymous with Illuminati Satanism / Dajjal / Antichrist.

    Barack Obama will be present in Jerusalem on Friday 22 March 2013 = 3.22/13 (US Format) = 3.22/2013 = 3+2+2+2+0+1+3 = 13. 3.22/13 “Skull & Bones” + 13. “Skull & Bones” = 666 and 13 = Death & superstition.

    From all the above compiling evidence we can now take it for granted that Barack Obama is set to be the Devil incarnate from the Book of Revelations.

  5. I am heartbroken that these producers chose a relatively pale, decidedly nordic looking man to play Jesus and a realtively dark, possibly African looking person to play “satan.” When will be acknowledge our racism in reinforcing images of good as white and bad as black? I don’t care if it’s intentional or not, failure to be senstive is just poor manners and bad production value. Jesus should look like a middle eastern Jew, and Satan should look something other than African/African American.

    We are responsible for our decisions, even the decision to pretend we not part of a society that spent hundreds of years enslaving one group of people, then another hundred years economically depriving them. That intentional ignorance does not make you innocent of racism, it makes you complicit with the forces who liked the way it used to be.

    Change is easy – stop misrepresenting history, and stop using African Americans or African folk as the bad guys! Esxpecially when the bad guy is a supernatural being who could be red, green, purple… really any color other than one which continues to negatively characterize an already maligned racial/ethic group.

    • All of you are freaking ignorant, especially you! The person who plays Satan in NOT African American, he’s Moroccan who played devil characters before. The actor playing Jesus is NOT PALE, he’s Portuguese. For crying out loud, this is a TV show! You’re making a big deal about actors playing the devil? You all need to grow up. You’re worse than a five year old.

      • Joe, I think Audrey made a valid point in her post whether you agree or not. I don’t think you should have called her ignorant. First she said “African/African American,” which would suggest Africa is included. Morocco is in Africa. So you appear ignorant when you now claim Quazzani’s Morrocan descent as a counterpoint.

        • Okay but the “African” satan did not look black at all he was kind of a greenish-gray color. You guys are racist for even recognizing that. I didn’t, and many other non racist people didn’t either, I’m sure.

  6. I was looking for a picture of Satan on Google when I came across this. Long story. Anyway, the first thing I thought when I saw the thumbnail was that someone had photoshopped Obama’s head onto some dude in a black robe. I couldn’t tell it wasn’t him until I saw the full size version. Anyone denying this looks like him is lying.

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