They All Look the Same to me #TheBible

By now, you’ve seen the story that Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni portrayed Satan in last night’s episode of the bible. I watched twitter explode with the fact that Satan was a black guy.
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The story is being picked up by several blogs and newspapers.

But, um… the guy is Moroccan. He’s not black. Moroccans have connections to Scandinavian people, and you don’t  get much whiter than Scandinavia. So, sorta, he may be sorta white?

Given the connection between the Moroccan people and Caucasians, he could still be the white devil.

So, the irony of all this is quite funny and sad. If black actors are cast, everyone riots. If white actors are cast, everyone riots. And if non-white actors are cast, everyone assumes it is a black guy.

And what’s best, is that I would almost lay a sizable bet that most of these people attend a less than ethnically diverse congregation on Sunday morning where they hear a preacher educated in an American seminary read from an English translation and give an interpretation from the the perspective of a denomination founded by a white guy.

You people need to get a life and stop listening to Glenn Beck put thoughts in your head.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “They All Look the Same to me #TheBible

  1. If you look at pictures of the actor in real life and contrast it with his role as Satan in this series, his skin tone as Satan has been darkened substantially with makeup. They made his skin tone darker (the old dark=bad) while the “good” characters of the bible typically had lighter skin tones.

    I think that is what bothered many.

    I found your justification to be unsettling and disingenuous, sadly.

    My heart grieves at how some wish to remain so willfully ignorant of society’s treatment of minorities, all while claiming to know Christ. It gets tiring after a point and illustrates why Sunday morning is the most segregated day in America.

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