Netflix Pulls Episode Of Popular Education Cartoon Maya The Bee After Penis Art Found In A Log, Episode Lives On, On YouTube
Early childhood educators, parents and even Common Sense Media have raved about Maya The Bee. The animated series is an adaptation of a character created in a German book in 1912, then released as an animated children’s series in Japan beginning in 1975. It was revived again in 2012 by Studio 100 Animation with exclusive distribution via Netflix.
A concerned parent found an image of a penis engraved in a tree as seen above. She took to Facebook to share what she saw and of course the post went viral.
“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. 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.”
The internet went meme crazy of course and Netflix pulled the episode as fast as they could. While Netflix is on a content creation binge of it’s own, it’s important to note that Maya The Bee is not created by Netflix, it’s just distributed by them.
Netflix issued a statement via romper.com
“Parents trust Netflix to be easy and safe to use for their kids. We’ve removed the episode as soon as we found out about the issue and are working with our studio partner to make it right.”
Netflix and Studio 100 animation are looking into how that image could have made it into the series and how long it’s been there. In the meantime the episode is gone, while the rest of the series lives on.