Popular kids animation Maya the Bee is at the centre of the kind of controversy a Chris Lilley character would delight in, with an image of a hand-drawn penis popping up, hidden in the background of one scene.
Smh. Please be mindful of what your kids are watching!! I did NOT edit any images whatsoever, this is Maya & The Bee,…
Mum Chey Robinson heard about the Maya the Bee willy online, and then recorded the offending scene, uploading it to Facebook as a warning to other parents.
Chey also shared a still shot of the rude drawing, as further confirmation that the penis did indeed exist. In the log. If you pause and zoom in at the right bit. And brighten your screen.
Chey alerted other mums and dads to the episode in question, helpfully pointing out exactly where the problem is “right in the log, behind the plants” to avoid confusion.
“Disgusted!!! Please be mindful of what your kids are watching!!” she posted. “I did NOT edit any images whatsoever, this is Maya & The Bee, Season 1, Episode 35. EDIT: I got a closer screenshot of the image on the right. Right in the log behind the plants.”
“Why is it there?”
There is no doubt whatsoever that Chey is one hundred precent right. There is a crudely drawn penis in this scene. (In the log. Behind the plants.) It’s a bit tricky to catch a glimpse of, but there is no doubt that it’s there.
Commenters on the post were divided about Chey’s disgust. Some were upset, confused even, wondering why someone would sneak an inappropriate image into a kids cartoon.
“I just hollered. It’s wrong but the kids won’t see it but why is it there?!”
Why is it there, indeed? Good call. Holler all day long.
Others yawned and said artists have been hiding rude bits in shows for kids for ages.
“Artists and cartoonists have been doing this for years. Go watch some Disney movies frame by frame and you’ll be surprised…”
Maybe we don’t want to be surprised. Maybe we don’t want to be part of that rude-bit riddled world. Maybe we want sparkles and unicorns and penis-free bees. Sob.
Maya the Bee is sorry
Another mum, Debra Shawcross, reached out to the Maya the Bee folk to get their take on the whole penis/log/plant sitch.
They quickly confirmed that the content was “absolutely offensive” and said they planned to remove it from distribution altogether. Debra posted the exchange on Facebook, in the comments of Chevy’s post. (See below)
If you’re worried about your child viewing the rogue Maya the Bee penis, it looks like this episode is about to disappear from screens, so know that.
You can get back to sleeping at night – and your kiddo can rest easy too, knowing that no cheeky genitals will be flashing up in this cute animation. As far as we know. Unless someone else spots another penis.
We’ll report back ASAP, if so.
Have you ever spotted something inappropriate like this in a kids’ show?