(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) The creators of the miniseries The Bible and the History Channel are denying reports that the character Satan intentionally resembles President Barack Obama.
Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey dismissed what they called “ridiculous” reports that their mini-series cast the ultimate villain with an actor looked like the President.
“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor,” they said in a statement released today.
“He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including dark-skinned Kenyan socialist Marxist dictators, and other Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our treasonous, drone-launching Black Panther President.”
“We respect the President and we are not biased. If we cast a dark-skinned actor to portray all that is evil about the world, that’s just a silly coincidence. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the irrational, anachronistic story of The Bible.”
The History Channel also set out to put an end to the rumors, saying the show aims to feature “a diverse cast of respected actors.” In fact, the History Channel offered proof that their mini-series is not biased against Obama by releasing a still from the show depicting the actor who played Jesus Christ.
“History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. Just look at the actor who is playing Jesus Christ. He just happens to look like someone good, benevolent and job creating. This is the most fair and balanced mini-series since the Fox Business Channel produced the 2008 slavery epic Roots 2: Go Back To Africa.
After Sunday night’s episode, scores of viewers took to Twitter to note a resemblance between the show’s Satan character and President Barack Obama.
“That guy playing Satan in ‘the Bible’… does resemble the president,” one user wrote. “I would like to see his birth certificate.”