Fox Pulls “Family Guy” Bomb Hoax Episode Following Boston Marathon Explosion
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is furious over a clip from the hit comedy that was edited to look like characters from the animated show set off bombs at the Boston Marathon. Fox has pulled a recent episode of the animated series after unrelated clips were edited together to depict the fatal attacks and circulated online.
The real episode, entitled “Turban Cowboy,” involves Peter Griffin becoming a Muslim and discovering he is part of a terrorist plot to blow up a bridge. Cobbled together from the real scenes, the controversial video went viral Tuesday, just a day after three people were killed and more than 150 injured during twin explosions at the annual marathon.
The video begins with an animated version of NBC Sports’ Bob Costas asking Peter how he won the Boston Marathon. The clip then shows Griffin dialing a number after which an explosion is heard, then repeating the action with the same effect.
Fox says it has no plans to re-air the original episode on television.
MacFarlane is fuming over the clip, tweeting Tuesday:
“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
YouTube flagged the clip with the following warning:
“The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised.”