Bob Costas linked with the Boston Marathon explosions? Sounds ludicrous – not to be confused with Ludacris – but it’s kinda true.
Just weeks before the tragedy that took place at the conclusion of this year’s Boston Marathon, Fox debuted an episode of “Family Guy”, titled “Turban Cowboy.” The plot involves Peter Griffin, the “family guy” of the show, befriending a Muslim, and later learning that he planned to blow up a bridge in the fictitious city of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the show is based.
Much like many episodes of “Family Guy,” the content in the first scene has little or nothing to do with the main plot: Peter and his buddies go skydiving, and after he engages his parachute, Peter says, “Holy crap, this is awesome! I haven’t felt a rush like this since I won that marathon!”
At that point, the scene cuts to what turns out to be footage of Peter driving his trademark station wagon through a parade of screaming runners. Then, Griffin is seated alongside Costas in a studio. “I’m Bob Costas, here with Boston Marathon winner Peter Griffin. Peter, how did you do it?”
“I’ll tell you, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Peter replied. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.”
Later in the episode, Peter used a cellphone given to him by his new Muslim acquaintance, and when he dialed it, a bomb went off.
Thanks to a video splicing together these two scenes – one that went viral, and even led show creator Seth MacFarlane to denounce the mashed-up video, just as much as he did the real terror at the Boston Marathon – Fox has announced that it would no longer be airing the episode on its network. No word if TBS and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, cable properties owned by Turner Broadcasting, will follow suit.
But fear not, you can still get your Bob Costas “Family Guy” fix: The NBC Sports and MLB Network personality made cameos in two previous episodes, “Patriot Games” and “Petergeist,” both of which originally aired in season four.
Meanwhile, I guess the real-life Bob Costas, who gained some notoriety with his infamous halftime preaching on “gun culture” on “Sunday Night Football” on the weekend in which Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide, was a little too busy to comment on the actual Boston Marathon carnage on NBC News.