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Seth MacFarlane Rips Edited ‘Family Guy’ Clip That Depicts Boston Marathon Bombings; Original Episode Pulled

THE DEADLINE TEAM
April 16, 2013
Seth MacFarlane Rips Edited ‘Family Guy’ Clip That Depicts Boston Marathon Bombings; Original Episode Pulled
Seth MacFarlane Rips Edited ‘Family Guy’ Clip That Depicts Boston Marathon Bombings; Original Episode Pulled

Fox has pulled the recent episode from its Fox.com and Hulu that depicted mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is peeved that an edited clip from the episode is circulating that makes it appear there was a bomb attack at the marathon — much like the real events that occurred yesterday that killed three and wounded hundreds at the marathon’s finish line. A Fox spokesperson confirmed that it has pulled the episode, which is titled “Turban Cowboy” and first aired last month, was pulled down today. YouTube also has marked some of the edited clips and discussions about the issue as “being potentially offensive or inappropriate”. In the actual episode, Peter Griffin is asked by Bob Costas about his performance in the marathon, and a flashback reveals Peter driving his car in the race, hitting runners as he goes (not that that isn’t offensive or inappropriate in its unedited form). “I’ll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Griffin says. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.” Later in the episode, Peter gets friendly with a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cell phone the friend gave him, explosions and screams are heard off camera. The edited clip puts the two scenes together, making it appear as if the explosions came from the marathon. Tweeted MacFarlane today: “The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”

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