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The History channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have responded to news reports picking up on the similarity between the actor and Obama.
“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama," a statement from the History channel read. "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."
“This is utter nonsense," Burnett said. "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.”
"Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian," Downey added. "False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy? twitter.com/glennbeck/stat…
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 17, 2013
Glenn Beck has an ugly history of calling President Obama 'Satan':on.cnn.com/YOmnYe— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) March 19, 2013
Erin Burnett on Glenn Beck's Tweet, via CNN Transcripts
BURNETT: Twitter exploded over a comment about a character in the hugely popular History Channel show, "The Bible." The character was Satan. And the comment was Satan looks like the president of the United States.
Now, "The Bible" is produced by "The Survivor" and "Voice" producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It is, as the name implies, a retelling of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
This weekend, right wing radio host Glenn Beck tweeted something about the show. Quoting Beck, quote, "Anyone else think the devil in 'The Bible' Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like that guy?"
"That guy" is what Glenn Beck calls President Obama, maybe he doesn't respect him enough to use his title. According to Beck, Mehdi Quazanni, the actor who plays the devil in the series looks like the president.
Now, Beck has his followers, which is why his tweet took off. Since the broadcast, more than 20,000 tweets containing the words Obama and Satan have been posted. The producers of the show called any resemblance utter nonsense.
Today, Beck took to Twitter again and not to clarify. He said this: "Media, relax. Actor has been in similar roles before. Funny, nothing more. For different reasons, 'The Bible' is one of my fave shows. Keep watching."
Actor has been in similar roles before. In the world of Glenn Beck, that means he's definitely a ringer for the president because this isn't the first time he's made that comparison.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)
GLENN BECK, RADIO HOST: Let me play devil's advocate, and may mean that literally, and argue for the president here for a second.
Some of the Book of Revelation crazies out there actually believe that Barack Obama is the antichrist.
Is it possible that Barack Obama is the antichrist?
There are people and they said this about Bill Clinton that actually believe he might be the antichrist.
The government is acting in the role of Lucifer.
Odds that Barack Obama is the antichrist.
(END VIDEO CLIPS)
BURNETT: There are people, yes. At least Beck's not alone. There is one other person who compares the president of the United States to the devil. Not that guy. This guy. He said the United States has, quote, "entrusted themselves to the devil."
Despite what Beck says, his tweet had a purpose and it was dark.
Glenn Beck: "If the actor playing The Devil in 'The Bible' had a Hitler mustache, he'd look exactly like Obama"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 18, 2013
I'm gonna file "#ObamaIsNotSatan" under "hashtags I never thought I would see trending on Twitter."— Michael Long (@mikeallenlong) March 18, 2013
#ObamaIsNotSatan yes he is.— Grumpy Cat (@ExtraGrumpyCat) March 18, 2013
#ObamaIsnotSatan - under Satan, the wages of sin is death. Under Obama there aren't any wages at all.— Tommy Joe (@DrollNDry) March 18, 2013
#ObamaIsnotSatan If you sell your soul to Satan you getmore than a phone and a foodstamp— votermom (D) (@votermom) March 18, 2013
#ObamaIsnotSatan because the Devil is WAY to busy to play that much golf— GWardHome (@gwardhome) March 18, 2013
#ObamaIsNotSatan because Satan doesn't have a frking clue what a drone is.— Zack_Voell (@ZackV535) March 19, 2013
#ObamaIsNotSatan but if he wanted to be Satan for Halloween, he wouldn't need much of a costume— Jacqueline Barron (@PatriotJackiB) March 19, 2013
@blvklvnd Racist? How? I compare Obama to Satan because he's evil. If he were white, brown or purple, he'd still be evil.— Jacqueline Barron (@PatriotJackiB) March 19, 2013
The producers of #TheBible regret the resemblance of Satan to Barack Obama. They were trying to imply Mohammad.— Joseph Nobles (@BoloBoffin) March 19, 2013