Fox has pulled a recent Family Guy episode from Hulu and Fox.com after an edited online video suggesting parallels to the Boston Marathon incident went viral.
The doctored video depicts Family Guy patriarch Peter Griffin apparently using his cell phone to trigger an explosion and is juxtaposed with an image of him mowing down marathon runners with his car, according to the Huffington Post.
The original show included both scenes, but they were from two distinct and separate storylines. The episode, called “The Turban Cowboy” was broadcast on March 17, reports CNN Money.
Fox officials, meanwhile, were said to be working with YouTube to take down the offending clips.
Seth McFarlane, the creator of the show, expressed his reaction via Twitter:
The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.—
Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 16, 2013
It’s not the first time that the network has pulled down an episode of the cartoon sitcom; Fox pulled episodes of Family Guy and American Dad last year following the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and hurricane-themed crossover episodes of those two shows plus The Cleveland Show (all three are produced by Macfarlane) after devastating storms struck the south in April 2011.