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Fox yanks 'Family Guy' episode with references to violence at Boston Marathon

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:54 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2013

NEW YORK » Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again.

Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday the episode has been removed from Fox.com and Hulu.com.

In the episode, which originally aired March 17, protagonist Peter Griffin is asked by sports announcer Bob Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car.

"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, Peter befriends a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cellphone the friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard. On some websites, an edited clip has been circulating that fuses the two scenes, making it seem — incorrectly — as if the explosion was at the marathon. Some commenters have implied that the show "predicted" the bombings.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter today to vent anger over the edited clip and offer condolences to victims of Monday's bombings at the marathon.

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

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is sad that a few find the tragic event in Boston humorous by modifying the actual show footage and circulating it. I have one thing to say to those low lifes, karma.
on April 16,2013 | 07:04PM
false wrote:
We call it BACHI!
on April 17,2013 | 11:58AM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
And somehow Seth, the show's creator, saw nothing wrong with his original story line? Unbelievable he would write this in the first place.
on April 17,2013 | 05:07AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You need to keep the situation in perspective. You cannot relate the bombing in Boston two days ago to a stupid TV cartoon about a car running down runners in the Boston Marathon that aired on March 17th. What is unbelievable is that someone would edit the TV cartoon to include clips from the bombing. Well, maybe it is not unbelievable. We now live in a sick society where violence, extreme violence of all kinds, is commonplace on TV, in movies and in video games and it is considered entertainment and funny. When the Family Guy episode aired on March 17th, most viewers probably thought it was entertaining and funny and there was no report of anyone being outraged about it. So why the outrage now?
on April 17,2013 | 08:12AM
false wrote:
Not only do these writers have half a brain their a bunch of sick people. Boycott the program.
on April 17,2013 | 11:58AM
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