Editor’s note: Be sure to read the important update regarding Glenn Beck and Mark Burnett at the bottom of this story.
Did you watch the third episode of Mark Burnett’s epic series “The Bible” on History Channel on Sunday? If so, you might have made the same connection that many on social media outlets are making: The guy playing Satan bears a striking resemblance to someone living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
To be fair, one of the first people to make this connection was Glenn Beck. A few weeks back, while previewing the series, Beck told his audience to pay attention to episode three of the series. Last night, Mr. Beck tweeted a follow up.
Of course, thousands more have retweeted or posted their own version of this observation. Some appreciated it, others not so much.
Here are a few from Buzzfeed‘s roundup:
Oh my word….watching The History Channel’s The Bible…does Satan look familiar to anyone else?
— Leah Christie (@LeahMChristie) March 18, 2013
Just caught 5 minutes of #TheBible on History Channel… Satan looks like Obama– say what?!
— Brenna Miller (@BrennaMiller1) March 18, 2013
Oh my ! Watching the Bible on history channel. Satan looks like Obama. Who ever played satan looks like Obama…. CREEPY#tcot
— Shelley (@KissFreedom) March 18, 2013
However, this was not the first time that a President’s likeness has appeared in a popular TV show. Mediaite reminded us of the controversy that erupted after George Bush’s head was seen on a pike in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
From the Mediaite story:
When the Game of Thrones controversy went viral in June of last year, HBO took immediate action, issuing an apology, halting shipments of the DVD’s, and editing the scene from all future DVD productions.
Stay tuned, Monday morning will no doubt bring more reaction from many different directions.
By the way, the actor playing Satan is Mohamen Mehdi Ouazan:
As many in the media began hyperventilating over the similarity, Glenn Beck tried to calm everyone down by noting his own earlier tweet was meant as fun, not an indictment:
Series creator Mark Burnett re-Tweeted the message shortly after, seemingly signifying his agreement.