A US TV channel has courted controversy by casting an actor who looks remarkably like president Barack Obama to play the Devil on the hit show The Bible.
Viewers noticed straight away that Satan looked a lot like Obama in the History Channel’s popular show, which aired on Sunday in the US.
Well known Obama critic and conservative Glenn Beck tweeted about the likeness prior to the programme airing.
‘Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?,’ he wrote.
There was further debate on Twitter as to whether the character was purposefully made to look like the president, with some users angered by the similarity.
One tweeter wrote: ‘I may miss the programming but I plan to boycott #HistoryChannel going forward. #Obama, #shameful #disrespect’
A lot conservatives, who have many differences with liberal Obama, seemed to find the story hilarious.
‘I’m sorry. It won’t ever stop being funny – Obama As The Devil? The History Channel’s The Bible’s Stunning Look-alike,’ said another tweeter.
The creators of the The Bible and the History Channel have yet to comment.