This Could Only Happen In America…Or the Bible.

22 Mar

So I heard about this controversy on of all places sports talk radio. Apparently the sports host was watching the new miniseries about the Bible and immediately recognized the character of Satan as our own current President Obama and then when he saw follow up stories in the newspaper and on the internet and took a look at the juxtaposed photos of President Obama and the miniseries’ Satan he was sure of it. Here’s the photo.

In fact, just about everyone who looks at the photo and who has seen the miniseries spots the amazing resemblance. How about you?

When asked about whether or not the resemblance was intended the History Channel had this to say:

“ 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.”

The series creator Mark Burnett said: “This is utter nonsense, The actor who played Satan, 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.” (so I’m guessing this makes the actor an expert on what Satan really looks like?)

And his wife, Roma Downey, who is also one of the producers 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.” And Ms. Romey has made a career out of playing a real live angel on TV so she is somewhat of an expert too I guess.

And even Jesus, or rather the actor who portrays Jesus, chimed in on the controversy by saying:

“I don’t think that’s controversial at all, I think that’s so funny. Mehdi Ouazanni, who plays the devil, did a nice job and it was awesome and never — not even for one second — were we even thinking about that, so I think it’s hilarious.”

So here is a photo of  the actor Mehdi Ouazanni:

Obviously a makeup specialist did his hair, blackened his face and added a few extra touches to make him appear more “Satan” like. (after all any real TV aficionado knows Zorro when he sees him!)

Now whether we fellow Americans should take offense or umbrage at this portrayal of Satan as the President of the United States  may be debatable… but what I find most amusing is that all of these fine actors, and producers and make-up specialists on the set of this miniseries, despite their years of experience and expertise in the business, can’t seem to see or even acknowledge the strange resemblance that most of the 68 million mortal viewers watching it on TV can.

Could that be some kind of miracle?

But on the other hand Mark Burnett, who is also the creator of such biblically epic shows like Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice, and Shark Tank, has said that he believes there is a devil on earth and that  the real devil is scared that Jesus has now entered the picture (in the miniseries) and is trying to distract from Jesus’ message by creating this false story  and a false likeness between Obama and the TV devil because the show is hugely popular and is having a big impact on viewers.

Now that’s a miracle!

But Mr. Burnett and his TV angel wife are confident that the real devil’s plan of distraction will not work, saying, “We believe in the light.”

Television and religion: what a combination! Who but the devil could have thought that one up?

14 Responses to “This Could Only Happen In America…Or the Bible.”

  1. aurorawatcherak March 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm #


    You’re going to take umbrage at that?

    I asked my husband and son, neither of whom has seen “The Bible” because we don’t have cable, to tell me if the photo of the actor playing Satan reminded them of anyone. My husband came up with an Aleut friend of his and my son said he looks a little like the safety officer at his school. When I suggested Barack Obama, my husband said “your facial recognition software sucks”. The 14-year-old said “Uh, kinda, if President Obama was made-up to look like Satan.”

    Is it possible that people are so looking for conservatives insulting President Obama that they see a deliberate insult in a passing resemblance?

    • gpicone March 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      Did you see any resemblance? So far 72% of all people polled see it…just another unexplained phenomenon I guess.

      • aurorawatcherak March 23, 2013 at 2:24 am #

        I’m a tainted sample. I first saw the resemblance made by someone else. So, yes, I see a resemblance, but it might only be because somebody pointed out to me. The two people I knew who were unbiased didn’t see a resemblance.

        You see, if you hold up a photo of the actor in his makeup and a photo of Obama, then people are going to see a resemblance. That’s creaming your results to get the reaction you want. It’s only a fair comparison if you show (to an uninitiated audience) only the photo of the actor and ask if it brings anyone to mind. If 72% in that situation say “Hey, it looks like Obama” then the argument holds water. My tiny little sample group didn’t automatically see a comparison. They had to have it offered to them.

  2. shellakers March 23, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Yeah, I’ve been reading and hearing about this. It’s pathetic how far we’ll go to make a bad connection, although YES, after looking several times, I DO see the resemblance. People look alike sometimes. Wow.

    Funny post!

  3. avwalters March 23, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    I don’t watch television. And then ‘controversies’ like this arise and I wonder, “Do these people have too much time on their hands–even after watching so much television?”

  4. Miles Lloyd March 23, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Funny stuff.

  5. dhammachick March 24, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I don’t see any resemblance here I have to say

  6. Bubbly Tee March 25, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    maybe the resemblance is not visible very well but I dont ever doubt the ability of vilifying folks to reach for subtle reference when they wish to create impact, in an evil indirect way. Through sublime effect it is possible to create stereotypical attacks.

  7. Bubbly Tee March 25, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    my new address is :


  8. ittymac April 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    To me, the similarity is obvious. I didn’t need anyone’s suggestion to reach my own conclusion. I also find it fascinating that the interpretation of pure evil, the devil in this case, is black, when the hero and basis for Christianity, Jesus, has such a terribly pale complexion, not to mention he was so visually stunning, he came awfully close to looking ‘sexy’. To say this series is an attempt to replicate factual history, is as misleading as the appearances of the particular actors chosen to do the job.

  9. annclaireshelleykay April 16, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    Interesting blog- ss we say here in the UK ‘It could only happen in the USA’!

  10. emmylgant April 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Amazing! You couldn’t make the stuff up!

  11. leamuse May 21, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Why does this not surprise me? Hmmm!

    Shall we add this to the list of why some of us choose to leave?


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