History Channel Calls ‘The Bible’ Obama/Satan Comparisons ‘Nonsense’


Thanks to the bounties of our First Amendment, you can say pretty much anything you want about our nation’s leaders. You can churn out documentaries admonishing the president’s policies. You can dip his likeness in a vat of urine. Anything goes. But be warned: there are some people — a good plenty, in fact — who are going to get pretty ticked off if you compare him to the Devil. We’re not saying that the History Channel’s hit mini-series The bible went out of its way to design its character of Satan to look strikingly like President Barack Obama, but… well… it’s hard to get the image out of your head once its there. The network executives, however, are speaking out against the notion that there was any intended comparison between Lucifer and our current POTUS.

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“This is utter nonsense,” The Bible executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey say in an official statement from the History Channel. “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.”

Downey continues: “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.”

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“History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the statement says. “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.”

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[Photo Credit: Joe Alblas/History Channel]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.