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Netflix pulls ‘Maya the Bee’ episode after mother spots hidden penis in background

That was quick.


Christine Friar


Posted on Sep 21, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:43 pm CDT

Netflix has officially pulled an episode of popular kids’ show Maya the Bee from their streaming service after fans spotted a secret penis etched into some of the background art.

The story started last week, when one mom was surprised to spot something a little more than G-rated in the background of season 1, episode 35.

“Please be mindful of what your kids are watching. I did NOT edit any images whatsoever,” Chey Robinson wrote in a Facebook post. “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.”

(Update: The video was originally spotted by Kai Lapeyrouse.)

Another mom was able to corroborate her sighting, and tweeted screenshots:

Then it was off to the races. To be fair, it’s… pretty difficult to argue the carving is anything but a phallus—it’s almost an exact replica of the dick that gets drawn on every worksheet and folder a certain type of middle school boy encounters.

Netflix has yet to release a statement about the episode, but the show debuted in 2012, so it’s safe to say the season one episode has reached a lot of young eyes since it was first uploaded.

H/T Variety

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*First Published: Sep 21, 2017, 10:00 am CDT