Seth MacFarlane denounces YouTube ‘Family Guy’ mashup that makes Boston death joke
ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Anthony Jeselnik merely scratched the surface of tasteless commentary on the Boston bombing. After a pretty hardcore mash-up splicing bits from “Family Guy” and audio from the Boston Marathon bombing hit YouTube on Tuesday, Fox immediately pulled the episode in question from its network.
The “Turban Cowboy” episode, which aired last month, includes a reference to the Boston Marathon. Peter Griffin, while interviewed by Bob Costas, recalls how he won the race. “I’ll tell ya, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” says Peter. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.” The absurdity put them in the clear at the time, but once a nameless YouTuber spliced sounds from Monday’s bombing with clips from “Turban Cowboy,” even creator Seth MacFarlane, no stranger to taking flak from the press, decried the mash-up (but not his episode).
Sky News reports:
In the episode, Peter befriends a terrorist who – unknown to him – is planning to blow up a bridge. When Peter uses a mobile phone he unwittingly detonates two bombs and explosions and screams are heard. However, an unauthorised clip on the internet has put the two scenes back to back, making it seem like the explosion occurs at the marathon.
“The edited ‘Family Guy’ clip currently circulating is abhorrent,” Seth MacFarlane tweeted on Tuesday. “The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
Fox has confirmed the episode has been permanently removed from Fox.com, Hulu and will no longer air on the network. Both the clip in question from the “Turban Cowboy” and the obscene mash-up have been repeatedly removed from YouTube copycat accounts in the last 18 hours. Below are clips that, as of this writing, have not yet been taken down.
“Turban Cowboy” Clip that aired March 17, 2013:
YouTube mash-up uploaded April 16, 2013: