The History Channel's Satan, played by actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni.(Photo: History Channel)
Coincidence or political statement?
Hot on the Web: The resemblance of the Satan character in the History Channel's Bible series to President Obama.
Twitter erupted on Sunday night as the History Channel show was airing with comments about actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni and Obama.
Conservative Glenn Beck was among them. He sent out a screenshot and the note: "Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?"
Now the buzz is: Was the casting just a coincidence or is it a political statement?
The Daily News' headline is: "What the hell? Satanic-looking Obama has many questioning eerie resemblance in History Channel broadcast."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that The Bible series is a collaboration between Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. Burnett has given to Democratic candidates, including Obama in 2008 and the DNC in 2009, while he also produces Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice and was behind Sarah Palin's first reality effort.
Downey, while not publicly identifying with a party, is a devout Catholic who has spoken in public about her faith quite often. She starred in the TV series Touched By an Angel. Producers have not commented on the likeness.