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 Fox.com 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.”