Last month, Netflix released its latest animated series, “Big Mouth,” a cartoon that follows pubescent teens on the cusp of puberty. The show was recently renewed for a second season.
According to USA Today, the show “is a bawdy but earnest exploration of the uncomfortable growing pains every middle-school kid experiences” that takes viewers on “awkward adventures in adolescence.”
A group on CitizenGo, however, has organized a petition to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, calling the show “vulgar” and saying it “sexualizes adolescence.”
“This series is a sad example of how far the entertainment industry has fallen from respecting basic decency,” the petition said.
The trailer includes plenty of curse words, beginning in the first few seconds. It also includes mature imagery related to sex and puberty.
“I don’t know if I’m going to get in trouble for telling kids to watch this show because it’s super dirty,” Nick Kroll, one of the show’s creators, told The Daily Beast.
Kroll said children who watch it will still learn lessons about puberty.
Netflix faced criticism from parents recently after viewers spotted an X-rated image in an episode of a children’s show called “Maya the Bee.”
Netflix removed the show's lone episode, No. 35, which contained the image, after parents complained.
Parents Television Council President Tim Winter told the Deseret News in September that Netflix and Hulu — which were both big winners at this year’s Emmys — should add more family programming to their lineups.
“When I saw the (Emmy) results, it seemed like there should have been a sign that came with it that said ‘Families not welcome,’” Winter said in a phone interview with the Deseret News.
Winter added that these streaming services need more family-friendly content. He said it makes sense from a business perspective, too.
“My concern is when you have high-quality, adult-themed entertainment, it can be financially successful,” he said. “When you have high-quality family entertainment, financially speaking, it is extraordinarily successful.”