A new Netflix scandal involves a children’s show, a drawing of male genitals, and potential legal action

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It turns out that “American Vandal,” Netflix’s original series about a genital-drawing mystery, isn’t Netflix’s only show to feature drawings of male sex organs.

Netflix is currently dealing with a scandalous drawing featured in “Maya the Bee,” an animated children’s series the streaming service distributes.

“Maya the Bee” follows the adventures of Maya, a bee, who has left her hive to explore the world outside of it.

She meets new friends who are not bees, and learns some lessons along the way. She also unknowingly stumbles upon a rock with a drawing of male genitalia on it.

Some parents recently noticed the drawing in a season one episode, and are outraged. The episode was removed from Netflix earlier this week, and now the production company is suing the rogue animator who allegedly put the drawing in the episode. The story continues to unfold.

Here’s everything you need to know about the controversy surrounding “Maya the Bee” on Netflix:


Parents noticed the drawing on a rock in a scene and caused uproar on social media.

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Here is the drawing in question.
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Variety reports that Chey Robinson appears to have been the first to share the drawing. She wrote this on Facebook:

“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 removed the episode (season one, episode 35) on Tuesday.

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In response to the negative reaction once parents discovered the genitalia drawing, Netflix removed the episode entirely.


The production company, Studio 100, blamed a rogue artist for including the drawing in the episode, calling it a “very bad joke.”

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Studio 100 released this statement to Variety on Friday:

“An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series. The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production.”


Studio 100 is taking legal action against the rogue artist who drew the penis.

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In the same statement to Vairety, Studio 100 said:

“This is indeed unacceptable to the Studio 100 Group as owner of the brand and all its partners and doesn’t reflect the quality of its work and its values. Legal action has already been started. Studio 100 very much regrets this incident and would like to offer its sincere apologies to all ‘Maya the Bee’ fans.”


But, according to Studio 100’s managing director, it might be difficult to find the culprit.

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Paris-based managing director, Katell France, told Variety that the rogue artist has not been identified yet. The image was inserted during the compositing or layout stages. 150 people worked on “Maya the Bee” at that time.

“We are desperately searching for the person who did this but it is a complicated task considering the large number of people who were involved in France and Asia,” France said.