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If Seth McFarlane Thinks Something Is in Poor Taste, You’ve Probably Crossed the Line

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It didn't take very long for conspiracy theory enthusiasts to start saying a bunch of crazy things after the tragedy that unfolded at the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday. But one conspiracy theorist in particular really struck a nerve when he spliced together two separate scenes from a recent episode of Family Guy to make it look as though the episode had somehow foreshadowed the bombings—and then implied that this was somehow significant.

In the episode in question, which aired back on March 17, Peter Griffin explains to Bob Costas how he won the Boston Marathon by getting in his car and driving over all the other participants. Then, later in the episode, Peter becomes friends with a terrorist who dupes him into detonating two bombs with a cell phone. Edited together just so, these separate scenes make it look like Peter won the Boston Marathon by bombing it.

Fox has responded to this nonsense by pulling the episode from Fox.com and Hulu, apparently under the impression that this will prevent anyone from editing the two unrelated scenes together ever again.

As for Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the show and a New England native, he didn't find the edited clip amusing at all. Here's what he had to say on the Twitters:

And this is coming from the same guy who created a cartoon character named Herbert the Pedophile, so...

Anyway, YouTube has removed the conspiracy theorist's video over and over, but it still keeps popping up. So if you still want to hear what this totally sensible, rational dude has to say, here you go:

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