'The Bible' TV Show Makes Satan Look Like Obama: Was it On Purpose?

On Sunday night, Glenn Beck pointed out that the character of Satan in the History channel series "The Bible" looked like President Barack Obama and people seemed to agree with him. The series began airing two weeks ago and brought it 13 million viewers in its first episode. The character of Satan appeared for the first time during last nights episode. 

The person who plays Satan is Moroccan actor, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni and he looks nothing like Barack Obama in real life. The creators of the miniseries, producer-Mark Burnett and his wife-Roma Downey, are both openly pro-faith. The History channel, Burnett, and Downey have all issued statements regarding the issue, each calling claims of the resemblance ridiculous

HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection.”  

Even the make-up artist for the series issued a statement. “I can guarantee that President Obama had nothing to do with it in any shape or form.” 

So why did so many people take to Twitter to shout that the Satan in the series looked like our president? Well, it's not like this is the first time the comparison has been drawn. There are those on the far right who have been calling Obama the Antichrist since the beginning of his candidacy. Others have said he is a Muslim, foreigner, socialist, and who can forget the comparisons to Hitler. These comparisons however, say much more about our own prejudices and perceptions of race than they do about Obama. 

The far more interesting story here is the Europeanization of the series in general, which biblical scholars have taken care to point out. The positive roles also all appear to be played by white people and the roles depicting evil characters are played by individuals with darker skin. Something tells me the History channel will probably have a lot more questions to answer before the 10-hour series is finishes up.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Andrea Ayres-Deets

PM Politics Intern- M.A. in Writing from the University of Warwick. Lover of sci-fi, awkward situations, and coffee.

MORE FROM

‘Game of Thrones’: These are the funniest people to follow on Twitter for live updates

A good tweet is the best antidote to scenes like Sam cutting open Mormont's greyscale sores.

Let’s overanalyze these ‘Game of Thrones’ photos from “The Queen’s Justice”

Jon Snow's going to meet his Aunt Daenerys.

‘Dunkirk’ is a Christopher Nolan movie that doesn’t need to be solved

For his new World War II epic, the puzzle-focused filmmaker decided to adjust his approach to storytelling.

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson talk ‘Broad City’ season 4 and their prayers for Hillary Clinton

"Art has just become exponentially more political since the election," Glazer said.

Jenny Slate’s raw, honest exploration of female sexuality is the most riveting part of ‘Landline’

Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm's new film lets its women characters express their sexual desires on their own terms.

MTV VMA Nominations 2017: A complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Video Music Awards

The 2017 MTV VMAs are going for woke with a new best fight the system category.

‘Game of Thrones’: These are the funniest people to follow on Twitter for live updates

A good tweet is the best antidote to scenes like Sam cutting open Mormont's greyscale sores.

Let’s overanalyze these ‘Game of Thrones’ photos from “The Queen’s Justice”

Jon Snow's going to meet his Aunt Daenerys.

‘Dunkirk’ is a Christopher Nolan movie that doesn’t need to be solved

For his new World War II epic, the puzzle-focused filmmaker decided to adjust his approach to storytelling.

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson talk ‘Broad City’ season 4 and their prayers for Hillary Clinton

"Art has just become exponentially more political since the election," Glazer said.

Jenny Slate’s raw, honest exploration of female sexuality is the most riveting part of ‘Landline’

Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm's new film lets its women characters express their sexual desires on their own terms.

MTV VMA Nominations 2017: A complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Video Music Awards

The 2017 MTV VMAs are going for woke with a new best fight the system category.