'Family Guy' episode pulled due to Boston attack: Seth MacFarlane calls edited clip 'abhorrent'

Image from the Family Guy Boston Marathon episode

In the wake of the senseless bombing of Boston Marathon runners, spectators and fans on Monday, Fox made the decision to remove an episode of Family Guy from their online outlets. The episode, titled “Turban Cowboy”, was pulled from and Hulu (with no plans to air it again) after it was used to create a Youtube hoax.

The original episode was aired last month, but in the edited video, two clips from the March 17th episode were misused to suggest that the show depicted the bombing of the Boston Marathon. In the edited clip the show’s lead character Peter Griffin has been made to appear to use a cell phone to detonate two explosions after being asked how he won the Boston Marathon. The video began to circulate and gain attention yesterday after a right-wing conspiracy website claimed that the episode had predicted the attack.

Youtube has begun to mark videos containing the edited clips and discussions about the issue as “being potentially offensive or inappropriate”.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took to his Twitter account to express his disgust over the edited episode. “The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” said MacFarlane. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”

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Written by: harrisr
Apr 17th, 2013, 3:53 am

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Since: 01/Mar/12
Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 10:35 am

We should never ban or elinimate creative art, just because of conicdences like these. Its part of what the bombers wanted. Limit our creativity and freedom. Simply put, its the old TV saying - "Don't like, DON'T WATCH." I can understand removing it if it had not aired yet, but removing it from ONLINE is ignorant to me. Did they forget you must knowingly CLICK to go to these videos? Its not the same as randomly flipping channels and seeing it.


Bill Hicks

Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 8:12 am
People suck, that's my contention. Give me a pencil and paper I can show my work. I speak, of course, of the person(s) responsible for the bombing and the jackasses who thought it would be cute to edit a Family Guy clip and twist the knife.

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Since: 09/Mar/09
Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 4:38 am

What Anonymous said.


Message Posted On Apr 17th, 2013, 4:26 am
I do think the episode was a sorry coincidence. The clips were never designed to suggest that Peter Griffin was responsible for that horrific incident. However the coincidence of the horrific events and the contents of that episode seems to me undeniable. I think it would be a sorry state of affairs if that episode should be permanently censored because of a coincidence but, as has been pointed out elsewhere, for MacFarlane to call the clip "abhorrent", while understandable, seems somewhat false. The clip simply points out the coincidences - it was the original program which DID poke fun at terrorism. However Family Guy is based on satire and, while this coincidence was unfortunate, I personally think it was no more than than, and Fox should not over-react and ban the episode. It WAS shown, and to try to deny that is to allow the forces of evil a small (tiny) victory. It was a simple, sad coincidence, but we should not deny that it DID happen.
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