Monday, March 18, 2013

Prince of Darkness or POTUS?

Do you know who this man is?

No that in fact is NOT President Barack Obama. That is The Devil. At least according to the miniseries "The Bible" currently airing on The History Channel which offers a scripted retelling of stories from the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
But how did it come to pass that The Devil looks like Obama?
After last night's episode, social networks were all a twitter as viewers questioned the Prince of Darkness' uncanny and obvious resemblance to the President of the United States. 
And it gets worse. The Moroccan actor who played The Devil is Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. This is what he looks like: not only did this production manage to somehow portray The Devil to be Obama, they also put black face on an actor to do so.
Of course The History Channel issued a statement saying 
"The 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.”
No. There is no way this was an accident and went unnoticed before airing. I am struggling to believe that not a soul in production didn't notice who Satan looked like while filming. The actor himself didn't look at his reflection in the mirror and think-"wow with this black face make up I look like Obama....I should get a gig portraying him on SNL?"
And also, why did they even feel the need to make the actor darker with make up? No one else in the "diverse" cast  of biblical characters was portrayed that dark. (Ladies check out Jesus.) What are they implying about Satan by all this. Or, more specifically, is there some statement on good vs. evil when it comes to skin tone making this all seem to me to escalate quickly beyond questions about politics into a discussion about race.
Yes, this "coincidence" just wreaks of hellish stinky sulfur.

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