Parents’ group warns Netflix series ‘Human Resources’ features ‘sexualizing references to children’

A media watchdog group is warning parents about a new animated series on Netflix from the creators of the controversial “Big Mouth” series over what it describes as pornographic content.

report from the Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) says while “Human Resources” doesn’t revolve around adolescent characters, it’s still likely to draw younger viewers because it’s a cartoon.

Some of the show’s episodes contain what PTC calls “disturbing, sexualizing references to children,” such as a “hormone monster” who says, “I mean, I’m perfectly satisfied getting children to touch their privates.”

Another scene in an office-type meeting environment features a “monster of some kind that looks like three penises” named “Mr. Dick Pinwheel.” 

Another scene involves a video of a woman wearing black leather thigh-high boots, a revealing leather military-looking garment, and a black military-style hat sitting atop a man on his hands and knees with a black leather dog collar around his neck and ball-gag in his mouth. 

“Human Resources,” which is a spinoff from “Big Mouth,” also contains explicit language throughout its content, according to the report.

Melissa Henson, program director for PTC, told The Christian Post that animated shows on Netflix and other streaming platforms are able to get away with things that might otherwise be illegal or impossible to do if they were using real actors.

“The kinds of references, the kinds of sexual behavior, the kinds of themes and so forth that they’re dealing with in these animated programs is beyond the pale, and far beyond what you would typically see in a live-action program,” Henson said.

Perhaps the biggest factor is the format, Henson added, since adult animation shows are inherently attractive to children.

“Animation is usually a format that children, in particular, enjoy and children’s eyes are particularly drawn to animated format,” she said. “That’s not to say that adults can’t enjoy them as well, but if a kid sees a cartoon character on a screen, the assumption is, ‘Oh, well, this is for me.’”

The PTC is advising parents to block “Human Resources” in Netflix’s parental controls.

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