Netflix pulls Maya the Bee episode after obscenity complaint

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

"Please be mindful of what your kids are watching". In a Facebook post, a mother who found the pesky penis, Chey Robinson, chastised both #Netflix and Sprout for allowing such a scandalous image to appear in children's programming.

The episode, appropriately titled King Willi, has since been removed from the show's episode list, with one parent venting significant rage after spotting the penis in the background of the 35 episode.

The UK's The Mirror picked up on a post from a mom on Facebook who was outraged at the idea that her child would be subject to such lewd drawings.


"I know I'm not going insane", the parent allegedly posted, "and I know that something like this shouldn't be in a kids' show whatsoever". While Netflix has yet to issue a statement about whether or not the drawing was intentional, it has pulled episode 35 from its streaming service.

In 1991's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, for example, a doodle of a penis can fleetingly be seen. "I did NOT edit any images whatsoever", Robinson wrote.

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According to all known laws of children's entertainment, there is no way a phallic symbol should be able to make it into a kid's cartoon series - but then came the Netflix original series Myah the Bee.

Originally airing in 2012, Maya the Bee is based on a series of children's books, and is only distributed by Netflix, which didn't produce the series.

We reached out to Netflix for comment and will update if we hear back.


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