Fox Pulls ‘Family Guy’ Boston Marathon Episode from Streaming Sites

An edited online video suggesting parallels to the Boston Marathon incident has been making the rounds on the Internet, prompting the network to take the original episode offline.

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A scene from Family Guy's November 13 episode, in which Stewie and Brian travel back in time to stop the 9/11 attacks

Fox has pulled a recent Family Guy episode from Hulu and 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.

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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:

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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.