CNN has reported that Fox has pulled from its website the March 17th “Turban Cowboy” episode of Family Guy showing Peter Griffin running down marathoners with his car in his bid to win the race. An edited Family Guy hoax clip making fun of Monday’s bombing was pulled down by YouTube as well. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted yesterday, “The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent. The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.”
I’ll spare everyone comments about social responsibility and the influential power of all forms of entertainment media. Complex issues for discussion some other day. For now, I’ll just keep moping around the office, shaking my head, wishing all Monday’s victims a speedy recovery.