Actor and singer Jamie Foxx, who will soon star as a fictional commander in chief, is facing criticism after referring to President Obama as “our lord and savior” at an awards show.
On Sunday’s pre-recorded Soul Train Awards on BET, the “Ray" star exclaimed to the audience, “First of all, give an honor to God — and our lord and savior, Barack Obama!”
The reference didn’t fly with some Christian leaders.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, noted that in a video posted last year, Foxx replied, “I don’t know” when asked what God meant to him.
“It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists,” wrote Donohue.
Some Twitter users also took to the site to voice their outrage, with one writing, “Jamie Foxx just joined the list of actors I will never watch again, after he call [sic] Obama 'Our Lord and Savior!' SICK!”
So far, Foxx, who has more than 2 million followers on Twitter, has stayed mum regarding the backlash.
The entertainer is poised to play a U.S. president in the upcoming movie “White House Down,” to be released next year, according to IMDb.com.