“Our Lord and Saber” — Church Goer Cracks up at Jesus Photo That’s Actually Obi-Wan Kenobi
A man visiting a church during a holiday event is cracking TikTok up: apparently someone in the congregation thinks Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan is Jesus. TikTok user Chad Marvelous (@chadmarvelous) is cracking up folks on the platform after sharing a portrait of Ewan McGregor hanging up in a church they visited for a holiday event which seems to have been confused for Jesus Christ himself. He shared the gaffe in a viral clip that’s accumulated over 2 million views — and it’s clear that whoever put up the photo isn’t the only one who thinks Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan looks like JC.
Chad’s Hilarious Discovery
“Took my niece to this church for a Christmas event, and they had a picture of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi on the wall because they thought it was Jesus (I asked and the person was very serious when they told me.)” Chade wrote in a text overlay of the video. It’s clear that the confusion was genuine, as evidenced by the surprised reaction of the individual Chad approached. The TikToker added in a caption for the video: “at a Christmas event, endless church has a picture of #EwanMcGregor as #ObiWanKenobi on the wall. when I asked someone why, they looked at me confused, and said “that’s Jesus”, and they were completely serious. I don’t mean to laugh, but I can’t help but be amused”
Similar Instances and Cultural Tidbits
Apparently this isn’t the first time that a picture of McGregor’s Obi-Wan has been mistaken as the deity/prophet/historical figure. In a Reddit post uploaded to the r/thathappened sub, someone shared a photograph that shows a similar Obi-Wan picture up on someone’s mantle. The picture, which has been turned into a widely circulated meme, contains a caption which says: “A Grandma had this picture on her mantle because she thought it was Jesus….” Whether or not the image is genuine and actually belongs to someone’s Grandma who gazes upon McGregor’s face and thinks about all of the suffering he endured at the hands of Pontius Pilate and the Romans in order to bring a message of love and healing to mankind is up for debate, but it’s hard to deny that the aesthetics of his character don’t almost directly align with classical religious imagery that’s usually associated with Jesus Christ.
The Resemblance Sparks Discussion
Conan O’Brien even brought up the prank to Ewan McGregor, who highlighted that he did indeed play Jesus Christ in another film, so it would seem that even the actor is aware of the resemblance many fans think his portrayal of the Jedi master has with mankind’s savior. There were some Star Wars fans who thought that George Lucas’ decision to make Obi-Wan resemble typical religious iconography depicting Jesus was intentional. One user delineated a short list of reasons as to why Obi-Wan was made to look this way, suggesting that George Lucas knew exactly what he was doing.
As it turns out, folks confusing famous artists for Jesus Christ isn’t entirely uncommon according to one TikTok user who responded to Chad’s clip: “My grandma had a pillow she thought was a picture of Jesus… It was Dave Grohl.” Maybe someone shouldn’t tell her that Grohl was actually Beezleboss in The Pick of Destiny, as well as the “Shiny Demon” in “Tribute.”