Netflix was forced to pull an episode of the show “Maya the Bee” from the streaming service after several viewers spotted what appears to be a picture of a penis in the background of one scene.
The offending image was spotted during episode 35 of the first season of the animated series, which is based on a popular German children’s book first published back in 1912.
Netflix first caught wind of the phallic foul up after an image of the offending member began doing the rounds on social media.
Parent Chey Robinson appears to have been the first to source the image, which she posted on Facebook alongside a warning for anyone else with children.
“Please be mindful of what your kids are watching. I did NOT edit any images whatsoever, this is ‘Maya the Bee,’ Season 1, Episode 35. I know I’m not going crazy and I know that something like this shouldn’t be in a kids’ show whatsoever,” she wrote.
“I’m extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this. I don’t know if they’re gonna do something about this or what, but there’s no reasons why this should be in this show.”
On the one hand, there will be some that argue the image only becomes apparent to those that are looking for it and that anyone who spotted it in the first place arguably has penis on the brain.
But on the flip side, the image in question does look a lot like a penis, complete with balls, shaft and head. The only thing that is missing are some strategically positioned pubes.
In any case, the episode has now been removed by Netflix.
It’s also worth pointing out that Netflix only distributes the show. It’s actually made by a company called Studio 100 Animation.
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