Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has spoken out about a recent video in which clips from the March 17 episode of his Fox show were edited together to make it appear that the show predicted -- or inspired -- Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Two scenes from the show were rearranged to make it appear that the show's main protagonist, Peter Griffin -- dressed in a tunic and a fez, won the road race by dialing his cell phone and setting off the two bombs, which are heard off screen. An image of Griffin in his car with bloodied bodies surrounding it appears before the bombing, in one of the show's typical flashbacks.
"The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," MacFarlane said via Twitter on Tuesday. "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims."
The real episode, titled "Turban Cowboy," centers on Peter befriending a Muslim named Mahmoud, who he later tries to call using his cell phone, only when he dials the number two bombs explode off-screen. Did we mention he was dressed as a stereotypical terrorist?
Also in the same episode, Peter is seen in a flashback explaining how he once won the Boston Marathon to sportscaster Bob Costas, revealing that he simply drove his car through all the runners to the finish line, leaving bloodied bodies in his wake.
The mashup video has since been pulled from YouTube and Fox has pulled the episode from circulation.
Three people were killed and over 150 others were injured on April 15 when two bombs went off within 15 seconds of each other at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.