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Netflix removes an episode of “Maya the Bee” after parent spots penis drawing


After some parent discovered a penis drawing in the kids’ cartoon “Maya the Bee”, available on Netflix, the polemical episode has been removed from the platform.

“Netflix and Chill” seems to have taken a new dimension! Last week, Netflix removed an episode of the children show “Maya the Bee” from its platform after a sexually explicit image was discovered in the cartoon. “An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series”, said a statement released by the series’ producer, Studio 100. “The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production”. The episode is not available online anymore.


On its side, Netflix did not respond to a Fortune request for comment on the drawing and Studio 100’s mention of a “joke.” Quite easy to imagine that they did not really laugh about it then!


More precisely, while showing the innocent cartoon to her kids, some parent noticed the drawing of a penis in the episode titled King Willi, the 35th episode of the show. In a since deleted Facebook post, Chey Robinson wrote: “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. I’m extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this”.


“Maya the Bee” is an European cartoon that comes from a 1912 children’s book. The series depicts a young bee who leaves her family to discover the world. The series launched on Netflix in 2013. But it’s not the first time that kids’ cartoons are associated with much more mature hints. Not at all! Indeed, a number of Disney classics are also told to be dealing with naughty references. Nothing is ever really innocent, is it?

Celine Pastezeur

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