Did Family Guy predict the Boston Marathon bombings?
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In what seems like a coincidence, a recent episode of Family Guy that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon was pulled from websites by Fox.
The tasteless clip, however, was created before the unfortunate events that occurred on Monday, and an edited version isn’t all it seems, according to the show’s creator.
In the episode, protagonist Peter Griffin is asked by sports announcer Bob Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car.
“I’ll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Griffin says. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.”
Later, Peter befriends a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cellphone the friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard.
On some websites, an edited clip has been circulating that fuses the two scenes, making it seem — incorrectly — as if the explosion was at the marathon. Some commenters have implied that the show “predicted” the bombings.
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On Tuesday, the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, took to Twitter to vent about the edited clip, but to also offer his condolences.
“The edited ‘Family Guy’ clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” MacFarlane tweeted. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
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