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Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Featured, Guest Contributor, Politics | 17 comments

Does History Channel’s Devil in “The Bible,” Played by Mehdi Ouzaani, Resemble President Obama?

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The right wing will stop at nothing to compare President Obama to the Devil. How else would you explain people like Glenn Beck saying the Devil in the hit mini-series “The Bible” resembles President Obama? What do you think? Some viewers of Sunday evening’s episode said they noticed the remarkable resemblance to the 44th president. Is this much ado about nothing? Seems that way to me, but you never know.

The mini-series, created by Mark Burnett, has been a big hit in the ratings for the History Channel, pulling in 13.1 million viewers on Wednesday, shellacking American Idol with its 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday. The actor who plays Satan on “The Bible” is Mehdi Ouazzani. The History Channel issued a statement saying the resemblance of President Obama and the Devil wasn’t intentional.

The Hill: “HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a press release. “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.”

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey also blasted the controversy as “utter nonsense.” They 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.” Um, one little tidbit, Mark Burnett is behind Donald Trump’s television success and is also behind the push to teach the Bible in public schools.

Here’s the character that had Twitter abuzz Sunday night:

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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