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Penis Drawing in Children's Cartoon Forces Netflix To Pull Episode

Netflix's Maya the Bee episode containing penis drawing
"Maya the Bee" episode removed from Netflix. Netflix

Netflix has pulled an episode of children's cartoon Maya the Bee after a parent spotted what appeared to be a drawing of a penis.

The episode's removal comes after Chey Robinson posted a clip showing the phallic shape etched on a wall on her Facebook page. She accompanied the clip with a warning to fellow parents which subsequently went viral earlier this week.

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. 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.”

Netflix quietly yanked the 35th episode of the program's first season Wednesday. However, the streaming service has yet to comment on incident. French production company 100 Animation, which makes the show, has not commented either.

Maya the Bee is based on a German children's book character. The series was produced in 2012 and, until Wednesday, 39 episodes were available to stream on Netflix.

Screenshots of the offending image have been shared widely across social media since Robinson first posted about it.

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