Actor Jamie Foxx called President Obama “our Lord and Savior” during an appearance Sunday on the Soul Train Awards. It’s just the latest example of entertainers and artists deifying the Commander in Chief.
“It’s like church over here,” Foxx told the audience. “First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama.”
“Barack Obama,” he shouted as the audience cheered.
The backlash on social networking sites was almost immediate. A number of viewers called the remarks “creepy.”
“Obama may be your Lord and Savior,” wrote one Twitter user, “But I’m thankful that he’s not mine.”
It’s not the first time Obama supporters have attempted to deify the Commander in Chief.
Earlier this month Florida A&M professor Barbara Thompson published a book titled “The Gospel According to Apostle Barack.” The book likens Obama to Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor,” she wrote in an excerpt published by The Daily Caller. “Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side.”
A controversial painting of President Obama, posed as Jesus Christ on the cross, is part of an art exhibit at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.
The Michael D’Antuono painting is called “The Truth” — and features the president with his arms stretched out — wearing a crown of thorns.
The original debut of the painting four years ago was cancelled due to public outrage, Design & Trend reported.
At the time D’Antuono told Air America that he didn’t mean to “disrespect people’s religion. It’s meant as a political piece.”
Last month, Italian artists came under fire for creating figurine replicas of the president and first lady that appeared in Nativity scenes.
One nun told Reuters it was a “cartoon version of a Nativity scene.”
“Something as beautiful as the traditional nativity scene shouldn’t be spoiled by these figurines of personalities and I don’t think children like them,” another critic told Reuters.
And during the Democratic National Convention a number of street vendors sold products depicting President Obama as God — including one poster that declared, “Prophecy Fulfilled.”
The products were not sanctioned by the DNC.