'The Bible' Mini-Series Dipped In Ratings Because of Obama-Satan Comparison?
By Alma L. Cruz, Crossmap On March 27, 2013
"The Bible" mini-series has been going strong in ratings with over 10 million viewers since its March 3 premiere. However, a slight dip in numbers was noticed after the March 17 episode where the actor playing Satan was called out for sharing a striking resemblance to President Obama.
Episode 4 of "The Bible," which aired on March 24, had a total of 10.3 million viewers. However, episode 3 on March 17 ranked in with 10.9 million viewers. Some believe viewers may have been offended by what seemed like a deliberate comparison.
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However, executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett claim they had no such intensions and the comparison is only coincidence.
"Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of the Bible," Downey said.
Actor Diogo Morgado claimed the comparison was hilarious.
"I don't think that's controversial at all, I think that's so funny," Morgado, who plays Jesus in "The Bible," says. "It’s just funny," he added as he spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.
Morgado continued to share that Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who played Satan in episode 3, "did a nice job and it was awesome and never -- not even for one second -- were we even thinking about that, so I think it's hilarious," said Morgado about his resemblance to Obama. "At the same time, I think it's just a sign of how successful the show is" because viewers are noticing "silly things."
Glenn Beck was the first to make mention of the coincidence on Twitter. Afterwards Twitter posts and headlines began to circulate with possible implications of this event.
Catch the finale of "The Bible" on March 31, 8PM ET on The History Channel