The Devil’s In The Details: Conservatives Go Ballistic Over Egyptian Actor Playing Satan In The Bible Miniseries Vaguely Looking Like President Obama, Some Going As Far As Claiming Obama Is Satan
The History Channel’s The Bible miniseries has been a high-profile ratings success, and now Glenn Beck and the conservative media, along with maybe a few actual viewers, are brewing a high-profile controversy because, well, the actor who played the devil on Sunday night’s episode maybe kind of sort of looks like the President of the United States.
Yes, Beck kind of started this whole thing:
He was not alone, though, as many viewers—likely of conservative bent—decided to imply that the casting and the makeup was not a coincidence:
And, of course, all of that was prime Drudge bait:
Devil in TV show’s ‘The Bible’ bears striking resemblance to Obama! drudge.tw/16E9BzP— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 18, 2013
So was it actually a coincidence? It’s hard to tell based on what we know about the the politics of the producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jordan Zakarin of THR reports that producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey aren’t exactly public about party preferences. Burnett has donated to Obama in the past, even though he’s produced the reality efforts of high-profile Republicans Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. In promoting The Bible, he and Downey have appeared on Beck’s TheBlaze TV, and appealed to conservative pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Meanwhile, The Bible has in itself helped History raise its profile among conservatives and Christians.
We’ll see if Burnett or History make a statement on the debatable coincidence—we’ve reached out to the network for comment—but a fresh controversy can’t be bad for ratings.
UPDATE: World Net Daily went one step further: they doubled down on their ridiculous claim that because a fly landed on President Obama’s nose that he is Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies.
The History Channel today denied claims that have been making the rounds on Twitter, including Glenn Beck, that the character depicting Satan in “The Bible” docudrama looks like President Obama. But WorldNetDaily thinks that the supposed resemblance is further proof that Obama is demonic.
WND once again alleged that President Obama may be the Satanic deity Beelzebub, or Lord of the Flies, because flies have landed on him. In an article today, WND executive news director Joe Kovacs points to four incidences since 2008 where flies were present at a press conference or interview.
Kovacs cites RevelationNow.net, which also believes that Beyonce is possessed by demons and that her Super Bowl performance represented demonic brainwashing, to imply that “Obama is possessed by a demonic entity.”
In case you aren’t convinced by the fact that Obama is demonic because he has had to swat away flies (which no one else has ever done) and because Beck thinks that a character playing the Devil in a TV show kind of looks like him, Kovacs also notes that on November 5, 2008, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number was 666.
Case closed.This is not the first time some in the public have made a connection between evil in the Bible and President Obama.
On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with “the beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Obama’s home state at the time was Illinois.
In January of this year, WND reported how prophecy websites were having a field day with the worldwide attention Obama received for sparring with a fly.
News reports recounted Obama’s long history of attracting flies during recorded interviews and speeches.
Religious and other websites used the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
As Obama nominated two new members of his second administration on Jan. 24, a swarming fly stole the show.
“This guy is bothering me here,” said Obama, who repeatedly swatted at a large black fly buzzing near his face.
The London Telegraph noted a White House pool report said “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly.”
This was not the president’s first brush with a fly while the cameras were rolling. In 2010, Obama halted a speech about health-care reform as a fly zipped around him. During a June 2009 CNBC interview, Obama killed a fly on camera.
In a 2008 campaign appearance, Obama halted a local interview after a swarm of flies had gathered around him.
Those reaching to connect Obama’s fly troubles with the darkest biblical references won’t have much difficulty.
One name commonly used to refer to Satan is Beelzebub, which translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
A posting at the popular Free Republic Web forum discusses Beelzebub and asks, “Is the White House fly infestation evidence of demonic presence and influence there?”
The End Times blog named Obama the “Lord of the Flies.”
The blog connects Obama to Beelzebub, writing, “This really isn’t an academic question. The Lord of the Flies is real.”
Over at RevalationNow.net [sic], a posting by “editorial staff” muses about whether Obama is possessed by a demonic entity.
“I feel like I am watching a horror movie and the secret evil character is revealed by the evil signs around him,” the post reads.
Sounds like several people have too much time on their hands.
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