'Family Guy' Boston Marathon bombing clip is an Internet hoax
A clip purporting to be from a March 17 episode of Fox’s animated comedy Family Guy was edited to suggest the show depicted the bombing of the Boston Marathon, representatives for the show have confirmed to EW.
“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims,” show creator Seth Macfarlane tweeted today.
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 event. The video began to gain traction online today after a right-wing conspiracy website ran the clip, claiming the episode had predicted the attack.
(It’s worth noting that a reporter from this same site asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during a press conference last night if the bombing was a “another false flag staged attack to take our civil liberties and promote homeland security while sticking their hands down our pants on the streets.”)
The scenes appeared separately in the Family Guy episode, titled “Turban Cowboy,” and were not connected in the show’s plot line as the viral video suggests.
UPDATE: Fox pulls ‘Family Guy’ episode from Internet; also swaps out ‘New Girl,’ due to Boston attack