Seth MacFarlane slams edited Boston Marathon 'Family Guy' clip, Fox responds
Seth MacFarlane is speaking out about an edited clip of his hit Fox series, "Family Guy" -- and he isn't happy.
The 39-year-old creator of the popular animated series is speaking out about a viral clip that's circulating around the web. Scenes from a recent episode of the show were edited in such a way to suggest that the plot line revolved around two explosions at the Boston Marathon.
"The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," MacFarlane Tweeted on April 16. "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims."
In the edited clip, the show's lead character Peter Griffin appears to use a cell phone to detonate two explosions after being asked how he won the marathon event. The online video reworked the episode chronologically to make it seem as though the explosions occurred at the marathon, when they were really from an earlier part of the show.
At least three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and dozens of people were wounded after two explosions went off near the crowded finish line at the marathon, one of the largest in the United States, on April 15. The United States government considers the incident an act of terrorism and the FBI is still investigating it.
The online "Family Guy" video began to gain popularity online after a website ran the clip, claiming the episode had predicted the attack and that it was a conspiracy.
Fox has pulled the episode from websites and has no immediate plans to air it again, according to the Associated Press. A spokeswoman for the network, Gaude Paez, said that the episode has been removed from Fox.com and Hulu.com.
A slew of Hollywood stars are coming forward and offering their support for Boston, including comedian and "Justified" actor Patton Oswalt, whose Facebook post about the bombing has been shared more than 218,000 times in less than a day and offers a rare optimistic view about humanity.
"I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem," he said in his post. "One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet."