Boston Marathon Bombing: Seth MacFarlane Calls 'Family Guy' Hoax 'Abhorrent'
UPDATED: Fox has removed the episode in question from Fox.com and Hulu.com.
One of the more tasteless hoaxes making the rounds in the wake of the bombing at the Boston Marathon revolves around a recent episode of Fox's Family Guy.
"Turban Cowboy," which premiered in the U.S. on March 17, culminates with a scene depicting Peter Griffin accidentally blowing up a bridge by dialing a terrorist's cell phone. But in the video making the rounds online, the cell phone scene is placed immediately after an unrelated moment in the episode when Bob Costas, voicing himself, asks Peter how he won the Boston Marathon.
Aside from the confusion prompted in people unaware that the clip is a hoax, it's drawn criticism from those involved with the show.
"The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," creator Seth MacFarlane wrote on Twitter. "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims."
MacFarlane was retweeted by other members of the Family Guy team, including Seth Green.