CBS News reported that the producers of the hit miniseries The Bible are attempting to quash Internet rumors that the actor playing Satan in the miniseries is meant to look like President Barack Obama. The related online chatter took on momentum when talk-show host Glenn Beck tweeted, “Does Satan look EXACTLY like Obama? Yes!” during an episode of the show.
Husband-and-wife producers of the series Mark Burnett and Roma Downey call the rumors “utter nonsense” and “unfortunate,” saying he and his wife have nothing but “the highest respect and love” for the president. They also pointed out that the Moroccan actor who played Satan in the episode, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, is a highly acclaimed actor who has played parts in other biblical programs before Obama was elected president. The History Channel agreed, saying “the series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors.”
“False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of the Bible,” said Downey.