'Legal action has already been started,' a statement from the production company read

By Nick Romano
September 22, 2017 at 08:58 AM EDT
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Studio 100, the French production company behind Netflix’s Maya the Bee, is addressing (*cough*) the elephant in the room: that giant drawing of a penis spotted in the background of the children’s show.

“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,” read a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production.”

Maya the Bee launched on Netflix in 2013 with a story about a bee who leaves her hive to explore the meadow beyond. A concerned parent first realized the image in the 35th episode of season 1.

Though her post on Facebook has since been deleted, she wrote in part, “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.”

Studio 100 agrees and an investigation is currently underway.

“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 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.”

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