Always looking for a conspiracy, the mainstream entertainment media has taken a tweet from Glenn Beck and ran with it. On Sunday, Glenn Beck tweeted: “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” Beck refuses to use Barack Obama’s name, preferring to refer to him as “That Guy.” And for the record, Beck is right; Satan does look like Obama. Or maybe I should say that Obama looks like Satan. Either way, it has caused The History Channel and The Bible producers to go into full-on defensive mode.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband and wife executive producers of the popular 10-hour series, have issued statements disavowing any intentional political statement with the resemblance. Burnett said, “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.” So, according to Burnett then, Satan has played Satan long before Obama has played Satan. Seems reasonable. Downey is clearer in her disavowal, making an obvious political statement in her denial that the show is making a political statement:
“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.”
Sick. She would have been better off repeating what her husband said. And not to be outdone, The History Channel released a statement of its own:
“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.”
Who cares about The History Channel’s respect for President Barack Obama? Glenn Beck merely wondered if the Satan character looked like President Obama and sat back to watch the fireworks. The joke is on everyone that took the time to actually issue an “official response.” Lighten up, people. If you are so desperate to protect Obama every time someone makes a comment, you might want to ask yourself why you think this is necessary. Even former White House faith office head, Joshua Dubois, was able to respond without gushing all over Obama: “Re: Satan in #TheBible, I see way more Sith Lord than anything else. I think folks are reaching.” Indeed. And why is no one seemingly concerned about Satan’s public image? Maybe he’s not exactly happy about being compared to Obama. Where is Satan’s press corps and its public statements disavowing any political connections or intentions?
The real last laugh was to be had by Glenn Beck though. On Monday afternoon he tweeted: “Media – relax. Actor has been in similar roles b4. Funny, nothing more. For different reasons, #TheBible is 1 of my fav shows. Keep watching.” How ironic that it requires Glenn Beck to tell the media to NOT find a conspiracy behind everything he says. It only goes to show how un-objective the media really is. The fact that they feel the need to rush to Barack Obama’s defense in such a ridiculous way says much more about them then it does about anything else.