'Family Guy' Episode Pulled After Boston Bombings Was Also Anti-Muslim
Seth MacFarlane spoke out over the recent episode of his hit show, Family Guy, which someone re-edited and posted to YouTube in order to make it appear that it predicted Monday's fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon.
"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."
Fox pulled the episode from future airings and also removed it from TV streaming website Hulu.com because the show, which originally aired on March 17, includes a scene in which protagonist Peter Griffin drives his car through a throng of runners at the Boston Marathon to cross the finish line first, leaving a wake of bloodied bodies behind him.
Strangely enough, after someone rearranged the scenes in the episode to make it seem that the show eerily predicted the Boston bombings, no one seemed to notice that the episode also stereotyped Muslims.
The main storyline of the story, titled "Turban Cowboy," is about Griffin befriending a Muslim and ultimately becoming mixed up in a terrorist plot to blow up one of the bridges in the show's fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island, and includes a scene where Griffin -- dressed in Middle-Eastern garb -- tries to call his new friend via cell phone and after he dials two bomb explosions are heard off screen.
The show concludes with a group of about 30 terrorists being arrested for their plot to destroy the bridge, while the rest of the Muslims living in and around the town are ultimately suspected to be terrorists as well.
Ironically, the episode has come under fire over its bloodied Boston Marathon images -- not because of the way it apears to preach that "all Muslims are terrorists."
Three people were killed and over 150 others were injured on April 15 when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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