On Tuesday, Fox removed a recent "Family Guy" episode from television and online platforms after an altered clip of the animated series that appears to predict Monday's horrific Boston Marathon bombings a month before they took place started circulating on the Web.
"Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane may make jokes for a living, but he's not laughing at the video.
The comedian, who recently hosted the Oscars, took to his Twitter feed to blast the edited clip.
The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 16, 2013
A Fox spokeswoman told Reuters that the network had pulled the March 17 episode titled, "Turban Cowboy" from Fox.com and Hulu and they have no immediate plans to air it again. In addition, the network is working with YouTube to take down the edited clips.
The video, which has inspired one of the more outlandish conspiracy theories already circling Monday's bombings, combined two scenes from "Turban Cowboy." Character Peter Griffin appears to detonate two bombs with his cell phone after being asked by NBC sports announcer Bob Costas how he won the Boston Marathon.
In the actual episode, Griffin wins the marathon by driving his car along the race route. The explosions, which are part of an entirely separate storyline, are tied to a terrorist group Griffin unwittingly befriends and blow up a bridge in the show's Quahog, Rhode Island, town.
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The edited video began gaining serious steam when conspiracy website InfoWars posted a story about it under the headline "'Family Guy' Episode Predicted Boston Marathon Attack."
After McFarlane's tweet, the story's author, Paul Joseph Watson, defended his conspiracy protestations, writing, "It is now being claimed that the whole issue is an 'abhorrent hoax' merely because the two scenes from the same episode were spliced together. The fact that the episode depicted people being killed at the Boston Marathon, in addition to a separate clip which depicted two explosions, is not a hoax."
The InfoWars website has also labeled the bombings as a "false flag" attack, which is a conspiracy theory that the government fakes tragedies in an effort to manipulate public opinion.
This isn't the first time a TV show has been accused of predicting a major world event. Fox's short-lived "X-Files" spinoff "The Lone Gunmen's" pilot featured a plot to hijack a 747 and fly it into the World Trade Center, a year before the actual attack. "The Simpsons" also had an episode featuring a flier with 9/11 imagery, causing many to speculate that News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch was somehow in on the attacks.