Does President Obama Really Look Like Satan? (Take Our Poll)

Some think there's a resemblance between the Devil (as portrayed on the History Channel hit mini-series) and a certain world leader

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A tweet sent Mar. 17 by Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck asked the question on Twitter on Mar. 17, during the most recent episode of the History Channel’s The Bible: Does Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the actor who plays Satan, look like President Obama?

The tweet in question has been favorited nearly 300 times — but that doesn’t mean the two men actual resemble each another.

Furthermore, a conspiracy to make viewers associate our President with the ultimate bad guy seems unlikely, even though the hit mini-series has been promoted via conservative media like Beck’s own show. (And as The Hollywood Reporter points outBible creator (and reality-show king) Mark Burnett has contributed to Democratic causes in the past.)

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The actor who plays Satan does not actually work as an Obama look-alike—or at least he’s not credited as such on IMDb—as some headlines might have you believe, but there’s not much information out there about Ouazanni. He’s been seen in several TV movies (including The Ten CommandmentsIn the Beginning, Jeremiah and David; something about him must just scream “Bible”) and his Hollywood-est big-screen role was probably in 2002′s The Four Feathers. It’s difficult to find a photo of Oazanni not done up as the devil, but check out this trailer from 2012′s Moroccan Andalousie, Mon Amour! — we’re pretty sure that’s him at 0:50, looking decidedly un-Presidential and un-Satanic:

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What do you think? Is there any resemblance?

UPDATE 2:15 PM: Unsurprisingly, History and The Bible‘s creators released a statement saying the comparison is “nonsense”:

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.

79 comments
ApollyonLittlehorn
ApollyonLittlehorn

Jesus was white ha ha ha...morons! Oh I JUST love the hate and fear and lies people like this generate - its good for my business.
Hell is full of white right wing Christians  - trust me! Actually, best not “trust” me but it’s a fact!

You should see the little look on little faces when they realise they do my work. Stay dumb America - I need you.

Ovalle2016
Ovalle2016

Isn't the real issue, why is Satan portrayed as a black man while Jesus is invariably portrayed as a white Anglo-Saxon, when he likely looked like anything but...?

DaGu
DaGu

you people are on drugs! I'm not a fan of Obama at all, but this is just ridiculous? Who the hell cares if he looks like some actor who plays the role of Satan in a film? What the HELL DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? I don't like Obama and would have preferred if he was never elected, but the idea of comparing him to a movie film actor as bearing any sort of political relevance is just absolutely absurd to me. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for wasting your time on this stupidity...

PamO'ConnorDurall
PamO'ConnorDurall

The similarity is no coincidence. The producers of "The Bible" are, no doubt, right-wing extremists.

wxwizard1
wxwizard1

According to scripture, Lucifer (Satan) was apparently extremely handsome/beautiful. So while the actor may look like Obama, the true Satan would be much better looking.  

JanetSinelli
JanetSinelli

I think he looks more like Chitalaqguchu, another famous imaginary vehicle to instill fear and confusion into those who believe he is real.

JanetSinelli
JanetSinelli

History channel: When will "The Koran", be airing? Will you be doing a Theology historical perspective? Great idea for an educational series. Can't wait to see all of the theological doctrines' storylines.

ledursh
ledursh

Sure he looks like the devil, but that's just his policies.  No seriously, the devil doesn't look THAT evil, you give the devil a bad rap.

dalegray
dalegray

This is about as stupid as it gets in this country. Talking heads rule this country?

StarlaMarie
StarlaMarie

i agree, do any of us really truly and honestly know what satan really looks like? no we do not, this is just something that people both liberal and conservatives hang onto with a very tight grip! and you know it, some say they see satan as being bush others is our president, in stead of pointing fingers why not stop take a look around and be thankful for what we do have, not what we dont have, 

edolfan587
edolfan587

Why Satan got to be black anyway.   I'm just say'in

NancySheats
NancySheats

Do any one really knows what satan look like?..........

SarsenStone
SarsenStone

To some folks all black folks look alike, how racist!

beagle
beagle

I think he looks more like George Bush

LidaPerfetto
LidaPerfetto

Of course the real question here, is does Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni look like Satan. And what does Satan look like?  Hmmmmmm glad I don't know.

Greymatter
Greymatter

I don't know.  What does Satan look like? Does Satan have nipples?   How about a bellybutton?  Do you mean the actor in the movie?  I know that it's hard sometimes to separate reality from fantasy, but give it a shot for a change.  It's really quite refreshing.    Satan...come on everyone, GROW UP.  You talk about your imaginary playmates like they are real.  Give it a break.   Talking about Satan like she/he/it is real is pretty creepy.  Does Satan have nipples?  How do you know?  Come on gang....listen to yourselves.  You sound like a bunch of goofs - devout goofs I'll admit - but total goofs  none the less.  Remember what the Good Book says..."The wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood,"  Prov.30:33.  Kind of gives you the warm fuzzies doesn't it?

jimiduzit
jimiduzit

That has got to be the biggest bunch of rubbish I've read on this site. CNN thinks this is actually a "news" story?! To all the tolerant peace loving libs, I'm past the right and I never even considered something so ridiculous. You're people are the ones that dreamed this up.

MichaelC.Hall
MichaelC.Hall

Of course he looks like Obama. To the Religious Right, they all look alike, don't they?

RadioUranus
RadioUranus

To those of the Religious Right, all dark-skinned people bear the mythical "Mark of Cain" and are, thus, intrinsically evil, which fully explains both why a dark-skinned man was cast as Satan AND their visceral abhorrence of our current  President.  When Jesus, Himself said, "Get thee behind me, Satan," it was only a matter of time until African-Americans would be relegated to the back of the bus.

StuPitt
StuPitt

People do realize that this guy is not really Satan don't they?  Just checking or are you that blinded by the hatred in your christian hearts to see it?

Terri654
Terri654

Seriously????  Is this TIME or the National Inquirer.  Please try for a more intelligent topic next time.

ari.for.peace
ari.for.peace

When the 1%, the GOP, and their constituency realize they have not been following "the way, the truth, and the life", it will be too late.  The irony is that who among them knows what that means?

MichaelBowden
MichaelBowden

Your'e TIME magizine, not some blog. Act more professional. Let MSNBC and FOX News duke it out. I expect more important topics from your site. I'm very dissapointed with this report. Stop lowering your standards. Journalists should report "real" news, not gossip columns!!!

Thetruthteller
Thetruthteller

Ok, ok, folks, calmez-vous, s'il vous plait. Hmmm, let's see... well, to tell the truth - as usual - in that pic...yeah, I can see where some people might take the Prez to be a cowled personage looking more gloomy than fiendish (hey, after 4 more years in office, understandable..!) But it's simply pareidolia, folks, and your weekly dose of levity, courtesy of Time, Inc. so no need to lose your underwear over this one or foam at the mouth, puh-lease!

AngelRamirez
AngelRamirez

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PenelopeAlexander
PenelopeAlexander

Does anyone actually know what "Satan" looks like???? This poll is ridiculous....

megtripp
megtripp

What the heck is wrong with you, Time?

*This* is why you lack relevance and get little respect in today's journalistic diaspora. This is linkbait, it's offensive, it's utterly disrespectful of the office of the President (regardless of your party affiliation), it's offensive to people of faith, it's offensive to historians... I don't know who it ISN'T offensive to amongst thoughtful, intelligent people who care about actual issues.

Whoever assigned Ms. Rothman the job of writing up a poll about a facetious Glenn Beck tweet clearly has too much time on their hands.

Chase news, not useless provocation.

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

The Devil has 2 main targets in these last days......Are you one of them? Watch and Pray.......

......Revelation 12:17.....17 And the dragon (Satan) was angry at the woman (Israel) and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

This malicious creature has been around a lot longer than humans, and is much smarter.......the master deceiver........

.........2 Corinthians 4:3-4.......

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

patricksplace
patricksplace

What I find sad is that so many "Christians" are allowing the focus to be on this little political dig rather than celebrating the fact that such a miniseries is even on the air and doing so well in the ratings, which means people are actually watching it and getting an "introduction to Christianity."

That should be more than enough to be happy about. 

The temptation to push that aside in favor of a political statement against Obama ought to be easily avoided is a modern-day apple hanging on the tree. I'm disappointed that so many can't seem to resist taking that bite.

yshabazz2
yshabazz2

I voted for the President both times and I'm an ardent supporter.  However this actor and the President DO have a strong resemblance.

MichaelJordan
MichaelJordan

 Do any one really knows what satan look like?..........

Should be Does any one realyy know what Satan looks like.

Just trying to help you get to the front of the bus.

nomoretaxes
nomoretaxes

@MichaelC.Hall both are indeed similar. don't you know that acting is a part time job of pres. obama? he's an actor, acting like a president without being a real one who can lead wisely and believe me, he fooled a lot of people with his incredible acting skills.

nomoretaxes
nomoretaxes

@StuPitt why always accused christians? why not muslims, hindus, jews, aetheist, etc.,too ? they know who satan is. christians have common sense....i don't know about you.

Thetruthteller
Thetruthteller

@AngelRamirez Sooo, Angel, what else have you got to opine on that character's amazing resemblance to the Prez? :)

babycheeks
babycheeks

@megtripp Couldn't agree more. I am a Christian and have ministered over 27 years and find the whole thing a childish effort to provoke  conflict for conflict's sake.

nomoretaxes
nomoretaxes

@patricksplace why always blame christians? liberal media is the one reporting this and other non- christians are making the comparisons,too. many "christians" tend to be quiet on different issues that is why they are always blamed for nothing. if few say something disagreeable, people say  "all, mostly, many" Christians are like this and that. always stereotyping the whole population. christians are the most ridiculed, blamed, persecuted groups in this country but they are the most generous, helpful, compassionate people  in times of need.

michels
michels

You voted both times for him? Man, how's that working out for you? I know my paycheck is less now than it was last year. I work 2 jobs just to stay alive! And when he has you right where he wants you, totally dependent on the government in order to just stay alive, maybe you'll vote for him a third time, Huh?

jwheelernicholson
jwheelernicholson

@yshabazz2 And so what? It doesn't mean anything. Why are Americans so stupid? Next, you'll claim you see the face of Glenn Beck in a grilled cheese sandwich.

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

@yshabazz2

Ephesians 6:10-13........

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

PeteAphile
PeteAphile

@MichaelJordan really..now you can get to the back of the rv

gnixon70
gnixon70

@babycheeks @megtripp Geeze, lighten up!  If your that offended by a fluff piece, you really should just chill out, have a drink, take deep breaths and unwind!

megtripp
megtripp

@babycheeks whenever people have these types of conversations around politics, I wonder what they think it will accomplish. Even if you don't like Obama or any of his policies, how does this kind of stuff contribute to a more healthy, prosperous nation? It's like setting a house on fire because you don't like the sofa in the living room.

If we could all express disagreement without playing the crazy card, we'd be so much closer to understanding one another. As it is, people would rather be furious and reactionary and inflammatory than accountable, thoughtful, and proactive.

Honestly, a discussion about an actor who plays Satan looking like the president. Honestly, people. If this is the best you've got, then you get the conversation you deserve.

AnnaWilson
AnnaWilson

@nomoretaxes @patricksplace Liberal Media? Clearly that asinine fool Glenn Beck, a self-professed Christian and patriot, thought it was his job to call the president Satan. 'Good going 'Liberal Media' for starting it, amiright?' Please, find an appropriate scapegoat for your political party's shortcomings, 'nomoretaxes".

StuPitt
StuPitt

I voted for him too and I am better off than I was 4 years ago.

Thetruthteller
Thetruthteller

@megtripp @babycheeks Meg, my dear, please take a deep breath and count to ten. Now, the world hasn't crumbled all around us, see? Everything will be all right. Why don't you kick off your shoes, just flop down on a couch and sip some nice, soothing meg-nog? Go heavy on the brandy. Works for me every time.