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Celebs share thoughts on Boston blasts

Several Hollywood stars turned to social media to share their thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings.

Several Hollywood stars turned to social media to share their thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Such a senseless and tragic day,” Ben Affleck, a Boston native, said on Twitter. “My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.”

“My heart aches for my hometown,” Mindy Kaling tweeted.

The comedian Patton Oswalt posted an inspirational message on Facebook on Monday that’s been shared more than 220,000 times. He said humanity has more light than darkness.

“When you spot violence or bigotry or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think: ‘The good outnumber you and we always will.’”

Meanwhile, the Fox network pulled from websites a recent episode of Family Guy that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, with no immediate plans to air it again.

In the episode, which was originally telecast on March 17, the protagonist Peter Griffin is asked by the sports announcer Bob -Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car.

Later, Peter befriends a terrorist who, unbeknown to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a mobile phone the friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard.

On some websites, an edited clip has been circulating that fuses the two scenes, making it seem – incorrectly – as if the explosion was at the marathon. Some commenters have implied that the show “predicted” the bombings.

Family Guy’s creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter on Tuesday to vent anger over the edited clip.

“The edited clip of Family Guy currently circulating is abhorrent,” MacFarlane tweeted. “The event was a crime and a tragedy and my thoughts are with the victims.” – AP

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