|Satan? Or have the Presidential years been really unkind to Obama?|
I know at least one person who thought Joseph, Mary, and Gabriel in this latest miniseries looked overly Nordic. (Hmmm, is that Gabriel, or Thor?)
Check out Last Temptation of Christ. Willem Dafoe looks pretty darn white to me. And look at the cast of ethnic characters standing behind the Scotsman (Judas):
|The Disciple Judas in Scorsese's 'Last Temptation'|
|There's something different|
about Caviezel in this picture.
Oh, and one more person:
Ironic that the one real attempt to give us Semitic Jesus instead of white-bread Jesus comes from the man vilified as an anti-Semite from the movie's very release (long before his nervous breakdown)? Or more ironic that given this, Hollywood and its progressive entourage focused entirely on a scene with a Judaean mob? I think it was either Time or Newsweek with a long article that argued that the scene was inherently anti-Semitic in character--without the author explaining why he was attacking the Gospel of John (the source of the scene) as racist. All the artistic freedom Hollywood was frothing with over Scorsese's unusual weirdfest went out the window.
|Gibson's Kepha ("Peter" in Aramaic) to the left of Jesus|
(on Jesus' right hand). The first Pope looks kind o' Jewish.
But Christians all over America were still embarrassed that Gibson gave the anti-church crowd what they wanted (over 2 years later) by opening up a full can of crazy. As they will probably be embarrassed that someone didn't speak up during the making of this latest Bible miniseries and say, "Hey, can we make the Devil at least as white-looking as the other main characters? As a rule of thumb, it would distract people much less if the Devil is always at least as Caucasian-looking as Mary the mother of Jesus.
Rush said that she was somewhat reluctant when she was initially handed the script, but found it completely devoid of anti-Semitic sentiment.*Odeya Rush was 6 years old when that movie came out. Her knowledge of Passion was founded on hearsay. The "anti-Semitic sentiment" that caused such an uproar for the first film was from the Gospel of John. Hopefully, she would find all the Gospels devoid of the sentiment.
|... and Jim Caviezel|
Above: Max von Sydow looks almost Middle Eastern next to this Son of Odin.
Follow-up: Mehdi Ouazzani, the "Obama-Satan" actor has played many different ethnicities--mostly European. I guess there would have been fewer complaints had he kept his sinister mustache for the Lucifer role. He could've twirled it while offering Jesus the kingdoms of the earth.
|Obama "look-alike" Mehdi Ouazzani|
Jesus Hood and his band of swarthy men: