Wiles: God Made TV Devil Look Like Obama

I’m sure you’ve heard by now the controversy over the fact that the character of the devil in the History Channel’s The Bible show bore some resemblance to President Obama. The producers says this is purely a coincidence, which I don’t believe for a minute, but wingnut Rick Wiles says God guided their hand to reveal to the world that Obama is, in fact, the devil.

As Mr. Obama prepares to enter Jerusalem this week, days before Passover, another massive swarm of locusts have entered southern Israel. Mr. Obama is not only facing a biblical plague of locust in the Middle East he is also being compared to Satan in the popular “The Bible” series on the History Channel. Sunday night’s latest chapter on the series featured Lucifer and viewers around the nation immediately thought Satan looked like Barack Obama. Mark Burnett, the creator of the miniseries, denied reports that that actor was made to look like Mr. Obama. His wife Roma Downey said “both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love for our President who is a fellow Christian.” Likewise, the History Channel denounced the internet and talk radio chatter that the Lucifer character resembles Mr. Obama, in a statement the TV network said it was “unfortunate that anybody made this false connection.”

Now here’s my take on it: I believe Mark Burnett and his wife and the History Channel. I don’t believe they intentionally portrayed the Lucifer character to look like Mr. Obama. I think God guided the hand of the makeup artist and blinded the eyes of everybody on the movie set while it was being recorded, and the spiritual blinders were removed Sunday night when the program was broadcast nationally on the History Channel. How many clues do we need from Heaven to understand that the man in the White House is a devil from Hell?

Wiles, of course, never needed any clues at all. He’d be saying the same thing even if the devil had been portrayed as a woman on the show.

31 comments on this post.
  1. Gretchen:

    Whatever you like, God guided someone’s hand to do.

    Whatever you don’t, the devil did it.

    Man, it’s hard to believe that there are adults who think this way. Grown-ass adults.

  2. matty1:

    Satan in the popular “The Bible” series on the History Channel

    History Channel? since when is Satan a historical character? For that matter while there are plenty of historical references in the Bible the book itself is not a reliable source and its stories certainly shouldn’t be presented as factual accounts of what happened.

  3. blf:

    Wiles, of course, never needed any clues at all. He’d be saying the same thing even if the devil had been portrayed as a woman on the show.

    I assume he doesn’t even need there to have been a show to say it.

  4. Raging Bee:

    As long as those idiots have someone else to blame the bad writing on, I guess thats’ the important bit.

    PS: Seriously? He doesn’t look THAT much like Obama. More like a younger Vincent Price with darker skin.

  5. Ben P:

    Bullshit they didn’t make him look like Obama.

    http://www.younesshamiddine.book.fr/galeries/portraits/mehdi-ouazzani

    The actor is Mehdi Ouazzani, and seeing him out of costume, he looks nothing like Obama. Even comparing photos you only get the tiniest “eh, I can see it” kind of resemblance.

  6. oranje:

    It’s okay, matty1: Most of the History Channel these days is all fiction and reality programming anyhow. One more myth doesn’t hurt.

  7. Trebuchet:

    @Matty1:

    History Channel? since when is Satan a historical character? For that matter while there are plenty of historical references in the Bible the book itself is not a reliable source and its stories certainly shouldn’t be presented as factual accounts of what happened.

    I’m guessing you’re either not American or don’t have cable. This show is, unfortunately, far closer to “history” than 90% of the junk they show, mostly fake reality shows like “Ice Road Truckers”. This is true of all of the “educational” commercial cable channels, especially those from Discovery Communications but even including the National Geographic Channel, which is actually produced by Fox. Talk about deals with the devil!

  8. Trebuchet:

    Oh, and then there’s PBS, which is quite happy to bring us Deepak Chopra marathons during pledge drives.

  9. doublereed:

    Wow, Ben P, daymn. I was kind of on the fence, but I don’t think you can be after seeing that image.

  10. lancifer:

    Matty1,

    History Channel? since when is Satan a historical character? For that matter while there are plenty of historical references in the Bible the book itself is not a reliable source and its stories certainly shouldn’t be presented as factual accounts of what happened.

    Unfortunately The History Channel has long ago decided that mass audience appeal is more important than historically oriented programming. They have aired such gems as Monster Quest and the comically idiotic UFO Hunters for years, eschewing the historical programming for which they were named.

  11. matty1:

    No I’m not connected to the world of American cable TV, from the sound of it I’m not missing much.

  12. matty1:

    PS If you can get it take a look at BBC4 they have some decent history documentaries, though the science tends to be a bit sensationalist for my taste. Not wrong but leaning towards the ‘this is the most important discovery ever’ angle a bit too much.

  13. Trebuchet:

    No I’m not connected to the world of American cable TV, from the sound of it I’m not missing much anything.

    FTFY

  14. slc1:

    Re Sir Lancelot @ #10

    Uh oh, one of the Discovery’s cable channels must have put on a program on global climate change which agreed with the scientific consensus, not with Sir Lancelot.

  15. laurentweppe:

    But that does not answer the important question: was it also God who taught the Devil to rock?

  16. tbp1:

    I’ve never figured out why God doesn’t send some kind of clear, unequivocal message, what with being all omnipotent and omniscient and such. It’s always faces in tortillas, or hurricanes in hurricane season, or tornadoes in Oklahoma, or earthquakes along tectonic lines, or the like.

    There’s a classic science fiction story, The Next Voice You hear, by George Albee (made into a movie) in which God speaks to everyone in the world simultaneously over the radio. If I recall correctly everyone hears the voice of God in their own native language. Now that would impress me.

  17. anubisprime:

    Best not give these impressionable lunatics the satisfaction of debating the nonsense…when they grow up a bit then they can babble at grown ups!

    We saw what happened when The Exorcist was released. and generated a boom in 20th century exorcisms supposedly performed by deluded cretins likes of Amorth and Fortea.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125768/New-documentary-shows-shocking-footage-Vatican-approved-exorcist-work.html

    There must be a significant proportion of the populace cursed with low register double digit IQ’s…sad really!

    There is also a tale about JP2 playing at the hero like Damien Karras …(whose mother sucks cocks in hell…apparently) it is again sadly pathetic about a kid that needs mental care not demonic exorcism from dumb idiotic old men in dresses.!

    http://www.pfo.org/exorcism.htm

  18. Modusoperandi:

    If anything, the character looks like a tanned Martin Landau.

  19. jamessweet:

    FWIW, I don’t think it was intentional OR coincidental: I think they were going for “very human but also very scary and evil”, and what they arrived at was “middle-aged light-skinned black man” — which almost certainly speaks to subconscious racist attitudes. I don’t think they purposely made him look like Obama — he doesn’t look that much like Obama anyway, although the fact that he has darker skin than Teh Jeebus is inescapable. I don’t think they said, “Hey, let’s make Satan look like a liberal black dude!” — but I do think that when they close their eyes and picture “evil deceiver”, this is what they see, and that’s pretty fucked up in itself.

  20. Gretchen:

    but I do think that when they close their eyes and picture “evil deceiver”, this is what they see, and that’s pretty fucked up in itself.

    Maybe…..but how are you supposed to cast someone as the devil without people making that assumption? If they had cast George Clooney as the devil, couldn’t you say the same thing?

  21. lofgren:

    I think the similarity to Obama is probably mostly coincidental. But I think the fact that Jesus is portrayed as white surfer from Malibu makes the fact that the devil is a middle-aged black guy impossible to ignore. Jesus, supposedly, was a real person who actually existed in a particular place at a particular time, and got half his genes from a person whose descent is well-recorded. The devil has so many different forms that they could have represented him as virtually anything. To go so far outside of Jesus’ expected appearance, and then to contrast it with the particular image of the devil that they chose when they could have chosen anything, it really forces you to make some assumptions about what they are trying to say.

  22. naturalcynic:

    Well, you do get some decent history on Pawn Stars

  23. matty1:

    Now I would have had the devil played by the same actor as Jesus, that would fuck with people’s heads.

  24. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne:

    … a biblical plague of locust …

    That must be one hell of a locust if it constitutes a plague all by itself.

  25. Morrigan Nic Cormac:

    From photos it does look like an older, more grizzled version of Obama. He of course also has a foreign accent of some sort. I find it hard to believe the resemblance is an accident. No doubt the producers hoped to generate controversy and get more people to watch this shlock with the accidental on purpose depiction of Satan as Obama.

    The bigger question is why are all the bad guys allegedly black or dark-skinned ( I haven’t seen the series to confirm this). Anyone know the facts on this?

  26. Ben P:

    but I do think that when they close their eyes and picture “evil deceiver”, this is what they see, and that’s pretty fucked up in itself

    Maybe…..but how are you supposed to cast someone as the devil without people making that assumption? If they had cast George Clooney as the devil, couldn’t you say the same thing?

    I don’t know about that.

    The directors/producers of The Devil’s Advocate seemed to do it pretty convincingly with Al Pacino, and without any really troublesome race issues. What do you think of when you think of “the evil deciever?” even as a lawyer, an extremely charismatic but completely amoral lawyer is a good shot.

    Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick was also pretty impressive.

  27. Akira MacKenzie:

    I still don’t see the resemblance.

  28. dan4:

    @17: My goodness! You’re just as unbalanced and filled with hysteria as the Rick Wiles of the world, just in the exact opposite direction.

  29. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!:

    @21. lofgren

    I think the similarity to Obama is probably mostly coincidental. But I think the fact that Jesus is portrayed as white surfer from Malibu makes the fact that the devil is a middle-aged black guy impossible to ignore. Jesus, supposedly, was a real person who actually existed in a particular place at a particular time, and got half his genes from a person whose descent is well-recorded. The devil has so many different forms that they could have represented him as virtually anything. To go so far outside of Jesus’ expected appearance, and then to contrast it with the particular image of the devil that they chose when they could have chosen anything, it really forces you to make some assumptions about what they are trying to say.

    So, nothavingseen this movie /TV show thingummy, they didn’t make Jesus look Jewish then,I take it? Did they make even his family or disciples look like the ethnic jews / Judeans they were? To sort of quote Monty Python did they make Judas the most Jewish? I suspect so. Bastards.

    @26. Ben P : Yep. Devils Advocate did it well with Al Pacino – great movie & you beat me to it.

  30. Raging Bee:

    First you libruls are complaining ’cause all the characters in “The Bible” are played by white actors, then you complain when they stick a nonwhite actor into the show. There’s just no pleasing you libruls with your racial quotas, is there? WHAT DO THOSE PEOPLE WANT??!!!

    Seriously, +1 to Ben P’s suggestion to use Al Pacino instead. He makes a great Satan, even when he’s not explicitly playing Satan (he pretty much played the same character in “The Recruit”), and he really seems to enjoy doing it.

  31. Raging Bee:

    Oh, and what lofgren said @21 too. Obama look-alike or no, there’s no fucking excuse for the racial mix of the actors they hired for this show.

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