Maybe it was a little payback for the Obama’s favorable coverage in the National Geographic Channel movie “Seal Team Six” just before last November’s election.
Satan made his appearance on Sunday’s episode of the popular mini-series. Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni plays Mr. Scratch. As soon as the show aired, the Internet lit up with astonished comments about the similarities. Even, right-winger Glenn Beck picked up on it.
Ouazanni is Moroccan of Arab-African descent. Yes, Satan is a black man, according to the History Channel. Of course, Jesus, who probably was dark skinned, is white on the show.
The History Channel Statement: “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. History’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”
In fact, most of the positive Biblical characters in the series are white, according to critics. The real characters were Afro-Asiatic Israelites, who are dark, or olive, skinned.
The History Channel and the show’s executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, responded to the controversy today with a statement, offering their “highest respect” for the president.
Burnett called the controversy “utter nonsense.”
“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,” he claimed, expressing “nothing but respect and love our President.”
So far, no comment from the White House.
Check out the History Channel trailer below. Obama, er, Satan, makes an appearance about at about 1:07 in the clip. And, be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest updates on the controversy.
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