The production company for the animated Netflix series “Maya the Bee” has blamed one rogue artist for inserting a penis drawing on a background log in Season 1, Episode 35, which was yanked off the streaming service earlier this week.
It was a “very bad joke,” according to a statement released Friday by Studio 100, which also called the background illustration “unacceptable.”
“Legal action has already been started,” apologetic producers continued. “At the same time the company is taking all suitable technical measures to remedy the situation.”
Sounds like producers will try to scrub the man bits from that scene so Netflix can re-upload the episode.
Studio 100 has not returned TheWrap‘s multiple requests for comment. When reached, Netflix had no comment on the drawing.
Here is the production house’s full statement, per THR:
“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.”
“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,” the company’s statement continued. “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. At the same time the company is taking all suitable technical measures to remedy the situation.”
This whole phallic firestorm started after a mother named Chey Robinson discovered a drawing of a penis in the background of the episode. Robinson posted a video of her findings on Facebook, where word quickly spread.
The streaming service removed Episode 35 sometime on Tuesday.
“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,” Robinson wrote on the social media website, per The Mirror, including a screen grab of the offending image.
“I know I’m not going crazy and I know that something like this shouldn’t be in a kids’ show whatsoever,” she said in a video available there. “I’m extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this.”
Here’s a screenshot from Robinson:
Yup, that’s a d–k.