YouTube is also cracking down on fans uploading controversial clips from the episode.
Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, which is why Fox has decided to pull a controversial Family Guy episode from Hulu and Fox.com. HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Deadline confirms that the episode — which features Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) killing participants at the Boston marathon, then setting off two explosions in a second scene — is no longer available to stream on either site.
The scenes would naturally make anyone think back to the horrific April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon, but the eerie connections were brought even more to light when a fan spliced the two scenes together and uploaded them to YouTube. The altered video made it look like Peter purposely set off two explosions with the intent of killing Boston Marathon runners, which is simply not the case.
‘Family Guy’ Video Also Pulled From YouTube
Not only did Fox choose to pull the full episode from Hulu and Fox.com, but YouTube has also stepped in to remove the video from its own site. If you track down the original video and attempt to watch it, you’ll be greeted by the following message:
This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.
Seth MacFarlane Slams Edited YouTube Video
Family Guy creator and star Seth MacFarlane was outraged that someone would use his show to make light of the national tragedy, and he expressed his anger on Twitter immediately after seeing the viral video.
“The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” Seth tweeted April 16. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
— Andy Swift