When something horrible happens in our nation or a catastrophe strikes somewhere else in the world, there is an outpour of support, prayers, and good wishes that come from those watching it all unfold. However, there are always those terrible few that choose to be insensitive to such tragedy. Such was the case, when an episode of Family Guy, entitled “Turban Cowboy,”was taken and edited to make it seem like it showed the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier this week. FOX has since decided to remove said episode from Fox.com and Hulu, and a source from the network has confirmed that they have no plans to air it again. Family Guy creator, Seth McFarlane, condemned the clip, calling it “abhorrent” on Twitter.
According to EW, not only did the network giant choose to get rid of the May 17th episode of Family Guy, it also made some changes to its Tuesday night smash comedy, New Girl. There is no new episode of New Girl airing tonight, but the particular re-run that was originally scheduled depicted Nick (Jake Johnson) investigating Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) students for being a potential serial killer as well as making a reference to a suspicious duffel bag. FOX thought the content was a bit too much, and chose to replace it with a different episode.
While violence and acts of crime are something that are constantly on our television sets and in our programming, it’s nice to see networks try to express their solidarity with those affected by pulling material they deem inappropriate or insensitive in the wake of a tragedy.