In the wake of terrible tragedies, the internet is a strange place to be. You soon discover that the very things which make the internet great, such as the ability to share information and media, can be used for bizarre and sometimes pretty disturbing ends. For example, after Monday's Boston bombings several fake tweets and twitter accounts were created to capitalize on people's grief, and now Fox has pulled an episode of Family Guy after it was re-edited to depict Monday's blasts.
According to the LA Times, Fox pulled the episode, titled 'Turban Cowboy', from fox.com and Hulu after a YouTube user re-cut the episode to suggest Peter Griffin was responsible for detonating the bombs.
The episode, which was originally shown in March, features NBC sports anchor Bob Costas interviewing Peter regarding his success in the Boston Marathon. The original episode then cuts to a flashback which shows Peter running over athletes with his car in order to get to the finish line.
The episode also contained an unrelated scene in which Peter made friends with a terrorist. Using a cellphone, Peter then inadvertently detonates two bombs, which in the original episode destroy a bridge. The YouTube clip was re-edited to suggest this scene immediately followed Peter's interview.
In response to the clip, Seth MacFarlane wrote:
The edited 'Family Guy' clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.
At the time of writing, Fox has no immediate plans to re-air the episode or return it to its online services.