Seth MacFarlane is furious that scenes from his popular FOX animated series, “Family Guy” were edited in such a way as to suggest the show had a plot line where its main character detonates two bombs at the Boston Marathon.
“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” MacFarlane Tweeted, before turning his attention to those affected in Boston. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
The edited version of the clip – which made headlines Tuesday morning, begins with an animated version of NBC Sports’ Bob Costas asking Peter Griffin how he won the Boston Marathon. Then, the clip cuts to Peter in a diner — dressed in a knee-length garment, fringed vest and hat. Peter then dials a number, and an explosion is heard. He tries the number again, thinking the phone is “busted” and another explosion goes off.
While the scenes were actual clips from a “Family Guy” episode (titled “Turban Cowboy”), they had been edited together in the viral video to appear connected.
In the real version of the episode, Peter befriends a man named Maboob, who Peter doesn’t realize is from a terrorist cell. Peter – at one point – wants to call Maboob and when he dials him there are explosions.
The Bob Costas interview is in the same episode, but the scenes are not related.
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