Fox Pulls Boston Marathon-Tinged Family Guy Episode in Wake of Monday's Attack

Boston Marathon Family Guy EpisodeA recent Family Guy episode that shows Peter mowing down Boston Marathon runners with his car has been yanked from Fox.com and Hulu in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack, TVLine has confirmed.

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The move, first reported by The Associated Press, comes after an edited version of the episode fusing that scene with one involving Peter inadvertently detonating bombs from his cell phone surfaced online, incurring the wrath of series creator Seth MacFarlane.

“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” he tweeted. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”

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27 Comments
  1. Esaul says:

    I admire Seth and I’m offended someone would do something as horrible as that.

  2. Mike says:

    Good move by Seth.

  3. Danielle H. says:

    It’s the Newtown tragedy all over again.(there was an article just like this with a FG episode pulled after that) It feels like anytime anything happens, FG has to pull something. It is just TV, it’s not detracting from the crazy, messed up times we live in.
    It is so tragic what happened yesterday, but are we overreacting by stopping TV everytime a bad thing happens? I think so. I think people can be a bit too sensitive or that tv execs perceive that they will be too sensitive rather.
    I AM IN NO WAY DETRACTING FROM THIS TRAGEDY, just stating my opinion on TV in relation to such, so flamers be gone.

    • TV Gord says:

      This one is different, because it involved violence at the Boston Marathon. If anyone ever made the connection, they’d really catch hell, if they didn’t pull the episode down from the website and from Hulu.

    • Esaul says:

      It’s called respect.

    • MrMank says:

      I agree with you, Danielle. I think the person who created the edited version has a special place in hell, but I think pulling the episode from the website and Hulu is an overreaction. Pulling it from the broadcast schedule…yes. I get that, because it airs in real time and people are not prepared for it. Maybe it can exist on Hulu with a warning attached or something, maybe even after a cooling off period.

  4. Charli says:

    I don’t understand how anyone can care so much whether or not a tv episode gets pulled in the aftermath of a tragedy, or rather how people can get angry that one did. Have some common sense and respect. People died, people lost limbs, are still fighting for their lives.

    Being upset over a tv show episode that would be extremely tastless right now seems a little strange.

    We really need to get our priorities straight. Anyone upset over this should go donate some blood or some time to people somewhere instead.

    I think this show has been overstepping taste for a long time now, it’s no wonder so many of their episodes get pulled.

    • ben says:

      I think this is the key point Charli. Family Guy made a joke that wasn’t funny, that was in bad taste, and while there isn’t anything inherently offensive about it at the time it was written, it was still a poor decision for a joke.

      Family Guy isn’t getting episodes pulled because viewers are oversensitive. It’s getting episodes pulled because its putting itself into a position where things like this can render the episodes insensitive and disrespectful.

      I understand Danielle’s point too – but I don’t think it’s a problem with the call the TV execs are making, I think it’s a problem with the standards of the show in the first place.

      • Len says:

        Agreed. If something is deemed not acceptable after a tragedy, then it was not acceptable before the tragedy.

      • Kris says:

        Ben, I agree with you as well. Because of respect for the victims, and this country, any show depicting what could be considered as a reminder of this national tragedy, should not be aired. Why add more injury to all the people whose lives have been devastated as a result of a sadistic senseless attack? I believe that programming encouraging violence, and apathy already ravages today’s society. Why should a cartoon on TV be considered as more valuable than the impression that it could make on our children? In my opinion, the media should concentrate more on portraying positive role models, than “stretching the limits” of acceptable. America is sorely missing the likes of Mr. Rogers, who devoted every episode cultivating a generation with principles, and accountability.

  5. Tahoe Mike says:

    Politically correct is always wrong.

  6. Ang says:

    This is where we make the mistake. We change who we are, what we do, what makes us laugh because of something some idiot has decided to do. Any time we change, we allow them to win because we are disrupting our joys. They have done this time and time again and honestly if we want to make a stand against terriorism, part of that is completely living our lives uncensored. They want us cendored. Does no one see that? We can’t be scared. Easily a disclosure could have been added allowing viewers to elect to watch or not. Sometimes what we need is to laugh through something unexpected such as this.

    • BenM says:

      I very much doubt the goal was to have an episode of Family Guy pulled from Hulu. And the goal isn’t censorship, it’s fear. Is anyone now afraid of Family Guy? Is that particular episode of Family Guy really going to make you laugh right now?

      It’s not changing what makes us laugh because of what ‘some idiot has decided to do’. If yesterday’s incident was an elderly driver, confused and scared, accidentally hitting and killing runners with his car, the incident is no longer an idiot playing with our heads, but the television episode is inappropriate nonetheless.

      This isn’t an issue of free speech. If you happen to own a copy of the episode, and watch it, no-one is going to arrest you. It’s a question of respect. You potentially have the right to go into an AA meeting with your mates and talk about the drinking you did over the weekend. That doesn’t make it the right thing to do.

    • MrMank says:

      Absolutely agreed!

  7. Jay says:

    The so called edied epiode was part of a rews report that Infowars website did.

    It didn’t edit it to make it seem like Peter set off bombs at the marathon. The two scenes from the show are shown back to back with commentary that they are two clips were taken from the episode , while pointing out that Family Guy did a recent epsode that had Peter killk people at the marathon and latter sets off exxplosives in another scene.

    All the various sites I’ve seen reporting on the editing are ommiting a lot of information and making it seem that it was edited in a way that it wasn’t, and are failing to ommit that it was part of news story and the contex in which the clips were shown in it.

  8. Family Guy shold be removed fromTV.. because of all the profanity

    • MrMank says:

      Or, y’know, you could maybe…I don’t know…not watch it, and not worry about what the rest of the world wants to watch.

    • its just to entertain people if u don’t like it ignore it and let people who like it watch it in peace

    • Mark says:

      You’re wrong. It should be removed from TV because it’s lowest-common-denominator nonsense made for adolescent-minded adults who still laugh at fart jokes. The profanity is fine.

      • We are in agreement that it the format should be removed//// I like the characters, therefore
        recommend that it be more for children…not adults…All cartoons are not small child friendly

    • Chris says:

      What show doesn’t have profanity. Maybe we should ban TV all together. Would that make this world a better place? No it wouldn’t, Family Guy is still on the air because it allows people to laugh. Maybe it is a little inappropriate, but hey some people find that funny. If you don’t, then don’t watch it.

      • I’m sorry that you are offended.. but in my city, Family Guy air at 5:30 pm… when the children are inside homes…Children can multi-task and listen to TV at the same time, therefore, the next day they are repeating words they heard, but don’t understand the meaning…. Fun is not everything that this show promotes… Sorry, we disagree.

        But that’s why God made people different If everybody in the world was like me, what kind of world would this be?

  9. Chris says:

    This is ridiculous, I have seen this episode and they only talk about the negative parts of the show in the review. The episode had nothing to do with the Boston bombing, they just want something to complain about and put the blame on someone else.

  10. lkjh says:

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