Even for "Family Guy," it seems, there's such a thing as too inappropriate.
Fox has pulled a recently aired episode of the animated comedy from Hulu and Fox.com that depicted Peter Griffin plowing his car through a crowd of runners in the Boston marathon, a day after bombings at the real Boston marathon left three dead and dozens injured.
In the episode, which is titled "Turban Cowboy" and aired March 17, Peter Griffin — the patriarch of the cartoon series — is interviewed by Bob Costas, who asks him how he won the Boston marathon. The scene then cuts to Griffin driving through the crowd of runners, leaving a path of injured bodies in his wake.
Eerily, the episode also touches on explosions; after Griffin inadvertently befriends a group of terrorists intent on blowing up a bridge in Quahog, Rhode Island, where the series is set. After Griffith dials his cell phone, an explosion is heard off-camera. A second attempt to dial his phone leads to a second explosion.
Fox pulled the episode from its website and Hulu on Tuesday morning.
Interestingly, the episode generated a buzz on the internet Tuesday, after a clip edited together from scenes in the episode were used to suggest that "Turban Cowboy" had somehow predicted the Boston marathon bombings nearly a month before they occurred.
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane was quick to slam that theory, taking to his Twitter account and writing, "The edited 'Family Guy' clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims."