Controversy is brewing over the apparent resemblance between President Obama and the actor who depicts the devil in the part three of the History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible.”
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck was one of the first to point out the resemblance between the Moroccan actor, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, and President Obama.
Several tweets, including “Obama is not Satan,” are trending on Twitter.
The History Channel released a statement saying the network has the highest respect for President Obama, and it’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection.
In a statement, miniseries producer Mark Burnett called claims there was a resemblance “utter nonsense.”
Burnett said the actor who played Satan, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, “is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor who has played parts in several Biblical epics – including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”
Executive producer of the miniseries Roma Downey, Burnett’s wife, added, “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.”