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Fox Pulls Family Guy Episode After Edited Boston Marathon Clip

5 years ago by Reg Seeton
Fox pulled a recent episode of Family Guy after an edited online clip surfaced that depcited the terror attacks at the Boston Marathon - Photo: Fox

Fox pulled a recent episode of Family Guy after an edited online clip surfaced that depicted the terror attacks at the Boston Marathon – Photo: Fox

A recent episode of Family Guy was pulled from the Fox website by the network after an edited clip appeared online that depicted bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Following the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, an edited Family Guy clip surfaced online through YouTube that connected a storyline from the March episode “Turban Cowboy” to the tragic event in Boston earlier this week.

Although the episode showed Family Guy character Peter Griffin taking part in a marathon by driving over runners in his car before befriending a terrorist who planned to blow up a bridge, the edited online clip was spliced from two different scenes that made it look like Griffin set off bombs at the Boston Marathon.

The clip tied Griffin’s animated marathon to the storyline’s bombing that closely mirrored the tragic events in Boston on Monday.

As a result, Fox pulled “Turban Cowboy” from its website on Tuesday and revealed that the network has no plans to air the episode in the future.

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, quickly took to Twitter to condemn the online clip that surfaced after the Boston bombings.

“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” tweeted MacFarlane. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”

Why would anyone want to do something like that after what happened?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!