History Channel’s Satan Looks A Lot Like Barack Obama

The character is part of The Bible, a 10-hour television series airing on the History Channel.

Original source of this screenshot comes via CBS via the History Channel.

2. Another picture from the first episode.

3. Here is the actor who played Satan. His name is Mehdi Ouazzani.

4. UPDATE (March 18): The History Channel says in a statement Monday:

“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.”

5. “The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey said Monday:

“This is 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.”

6. “The Bible” Executive Producer Roma Downey adds:

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.”

The History channel's "The Bible" unleashes a progressive firestorm with an Obama look-alike depicted as Satan. http://t.co/JjvWNif3cS

— debitking (@Nels)

Oh my word....watching The History Channel's The Bible...does Satan look familiar to anyone else?

— LeahMChristie (@Leah Christie)

Watching The Bible series on the History channel and noticed the guy playing the role of satan, looks strikingly similar to Obama...#KREEPY

— mgaudet111 (@Matthew Gaudet)

Just caught 5 minutes of #TheBible on History Channel... Satan looks like Obama-- say what?!

— BrennaMiller1 (@Brenna Miller)

Oh my ! Watching the Bible on history channel. Satan looks like Obama. Who ever played satan looks like Obama.... CREEPY #tcot

— KissFreedom (@Shelley)

The Bible on the History channel portrayed the temptation of Christ in the desert and satan looked exactly like Barack Obama. Coincidence?

— thoro6rt (@Robert Thomas)

RT @BradyFriedkin: It's weird how alike they look. It's Satan from #TheBible and Obama. http://t.co/3vsticUHee

— JakeBeASoda (@jake biasotto)

Satan looks like Obama. Coincidence? #theBible

— samoantexan (@SarahKeleiseFerguson)

Lmfao! The guy that plays Satan in the TV series "The Bible" looks exactly like Obama!

— _JakeElward (@Jake Elward)

RT @kesgardner: Wait....The Bible series used an actor who looked like Obama to play Satan? BAWAHAHAHA!! When art imitates life (or something like that)...

— sirsurfalot (@sirsurfalot)

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