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Observant Nickelodeon viewers got a recent glimpse of something they might not have been expecting.
A March 5 episode of the animated series Oggy and the Cockroaches briefly aired a cartoon image of a topless woman sunbathing. A photo of the woman hangs on the wall, just before the show’s character enters the room.
Some people have taken to Twitter to express their ire, according to the Daily Mail. One user called the image “inappropriate,” while someone else tweeted that “cartoonists have been doing this crap for ages.”
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said that the network will no longer air the episode. “The scene, which comes from an international acquisition, was unfortunately overlooked in the screening process,” the statement read. “We have pulled the episode from our air and online.”
Indeed, this is not the first time that animators have been accused of sneaking sexy images into projects aimed at younger audiences. Some parents have previously complained that dust gathers in the air to spell the word “sex” in a scene in the 1994 film The Lion King.
Oggy and the Cockroaches, a French cartoon about a blue cat that lives with three roaches, aired on Fox between 1998 and 1999 and has aired on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons since last month.
Video of the clip can be seen below.
March 15, 11:00 a.m. Updated with Nickelodeon’s statement.
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