Intro

Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's not political...It's Much Ado


Okay...this in from the (ehem) Right field...and then rolled (ehem) Left.

The History Channel has a 10 part mini-series called The Bible.  It is a major success, especially for a cable network like History where it is a veritable juggernaut in the ratings.  I've seen bits and pieces, and it looks okay.  I figured I would Netflix it later. One piece I did see was Satan and Jesus in the desert and liked the scene.

Satan is played by actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. He looks like this when he's not playing the Prince of Darkness.
(from http://www.elperiodico.cat/ca/noticias/gent-i-tv/diable-dimoni-satanas-serie-history-channel-biblia-clavat-obama-2343316)
You can see that other than some serious accentuation of his wrinkles and getting his hair into a hood, there was not a lot of special effects or additions to him. And then this occurred -- 

(from http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/76254481.html)

Glen Beck, on the right, immediately tweeted out "Does Satan look EXACTLY like That Guy?" Beck won't call Obama by name but uses "that guy" instead. Beck, of course, has a long record of demonizing the POTUS, but then the Left picked up on the tweet and immediately politicized the tweet making sure that Beck's feeble attempt at humor got more press than it deserved. 

Ouazanni, a Moroccan  actor, has played santanic characters in biblical TV movies before.  I have to admit that there is some resemblance.  Is there a hidden political statement here?  The show is produced by Mark Burnett who produces Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice.  His co-producer is Roma Downey who is best known as Monica on Touched by an Angel and married to Burnett.  

Both went out promoting the show, not just on  TV but at some large churches.  Like all Biblical material, it has drawn some controversey, but the Obama one is about as laughable conspiracy as it gets. In an interview I saw about the series, both Burnett and Downey have said it was a series they wanted to do and a labor of love that they would've made even if no one bought it for TV.  Sound political to you? It's not like Burnett needs the money.

Think I will just quote the producers of the mini-series, Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey both of whom have appeared on Beck's program: "Utter nonsense." 

It is not political, Mr. Beck or any of you on the Left keeping this story alive...It's Much Ado...