Netflix pulls Maya the Bee episode after obscenity complaint

September 21, 2017 8:17 am0 commentsViews: 8

Streaming service Netflix has removed an episode of animated series Maya the Bee after a viewer complained it contained an explicit drawing.

A screen grab of the offending scene appears to show an outline of a penis etched on a log in the background.

The 35th episode of the show’s first season was pulled after US mother Chey Robinson posted a clip on Facebook,

Netflix – which does not make the show – said it did not have a comment on the subject.

Studio 100 Animation, the Paris-based Belgian company that made the 2012 instalment, has yet to comment.

The latest Maya the Bee series has been running since 2012, though the character first appeared in a book a century earlier.

The TV show – which is not available to UK Netflix subscribers – inspired a film version that was released in the UK in 2015.

Cheeky animators have a history of sneaking in suggestive imagery into cartoons, apparently in the expectation their private jokes would remain so.

In 1991’s An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, for example, a doodle of a penis can fleetingly be seen.

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