The History channel has a new mini series named “The Bible”. And it comes as no surprise that viewers took to Twitter and Facebook and other social sites, when they noticed the actor who played the role of Satan in the series resembled the appearance of Barack Obama! Glenn Beck was the first to notice this resemblance, and tweeted a picture of the actor asking whether anyone else thought the same.
Okay, let’s be clear. The actor cast as Satan, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, looks like Barack Obama, you cannot miss the striking resemblance. It’s a hilarious moment for the news and media, well at least I think so. But was it deliberate on the part of The History channel and the makers of “The Bible”? I doubt it. Ouazanni has starred in many faith related films even before Obama became president. The History channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey responded denying the likeness. “This is utter nonsense” Burnett said. “The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor… False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
Now I want to step aside from all this media hype for a moment.
“The Bible” has come under fire for other reasons, as well. A number of Biblical scholars have noticed that the show seems to be “Europeanizing” characters in the story. In particular, it seems as though characters with positive roles are being cast as white, while roles of characters engaging in evil are more likely to be filled by actors with darker skin.“ – The Huffington Post
“The History Channel is engaging in a systematic whitewashing of the Bible, its characters and narratives, with a few telling exceptions.” – Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D
One of the greatest problems I believe the West has with the Bible, is the constant need to westernise every part of it to meet the expectations of a western audience. We could just brush this aside and get on with the story, but I think accuracy in these stories matters in a multicoloured, multicultural, multi-religious society. I don’t think it’s beneficial when history, the Bible or any other holy book etc is misrepresented like this.
I mean come on! You’re the ‘History’ channel for crying out loud! How ironic is it that you cannot or won’t accurately present the courses of history.
The History channel’s “The Bible” presents Jesus with a European white appearance. While scholars are yet to agree on what colour Jesus actually was, and I doubt they ever will. We know for sure Jesus had African links, and so I think we can safely say that he definitely looked nothing like Boris Johnson.
Posted from Saj’s Nexus