So it has come to my attention that recently Hasbro has (possibly?) ordered a cease and desist letter to WeLoveFine.com for selling Derpy Hooves related T-shirts. This, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of the episode "The Last Roundup" (which is the one where Derpy talks) from iTunes has gotten fans freaked out and panicky. The general belief is that Hasbro wants to stop the cannoning of internet named Derpy from the MLP series due to the backlash of people getting angry for them for doing so in the first place. Petitions are going up ( www.change.org/petitions/hasbr…
) and blogs are being posted and everyone's going nuts over this.
Here's my two cents:
From browsing around WeLoveFine.com I could see a number of deviantart images being used for T-shirts. Specifically My Little Pony related. Now It's very unlikely that the artists or the website got permission to sell these T-shirts, and whether you like it or not, selling merchandise with copyrighted characters on them (as we've already discussed in earlier journals) is technically copyright infringement. So to me it looks more like a big corporation responding to illegal activity involving their property.
Also, on the iTunes store there are two episodes labeled as 11, as well as the missing 14th episode. This could easily be a mistake, a glitch, or something else. I think the fact that the DVD publishers have confirmed that the Season 2 DVD will contain all the episodes unchanged backs that up. derpyhoovesnews.com/hasbro-pre…
Shortly after the episode which contained Derpy's name aired there was a bit of a backlash. People complaining that Derpy was an offensive term, or that it demeaned the character to have her act like an idiot, or that being cross-eyed was an offensive jab at people who have medical conditions, etc.
Personally, I can't behind that logic. If you have to discredit Derpy for being a clumsy slightly goofy accident prone character, then you better be prepared to discredit every other stupid/goofy character in all of cartooning history dating at least as far back as 1932. If you're going to hate on Derpy, you should ethically also be hating on Homer Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Elmer Fudd, Goofy, Pinky, Scooby and Shaggy, Ed, Dee Dee, Spongebob, Patrick, Fry, Peter Griffin, Billy, Heffer Wolfe, and any other of the thousands of less than intelligent cartoon characters ever created. Derpy is no exception.
With the internet it's very easy for people misconstrued something and take it the wrong way. I haven't seen anything yet from Hasbro which suggests they're "offended" by the character of Derpy and are actively trying to remove it from the series. Please remember that this is a big corporation and they have to follow rules that the internet blatantly loves to ignore or dismiss. Don't get mad at Hasbro for trying to protect their intellectual property, even if it's over a character that was named and latched onto by fans of the show.
This reminds me of when the Ponyarchive was taken down. Hasbro sent a cease and desist letter, and while many of the archive's members were willing to remove the site, a few tried to retaliate against Hasbro under the flimsy excuse that it was "helping" them. While I loved the ponyarchive website for having all the episodes in HD and links to view/download them... technically that is copyright infringement and wrong and the way the members reacted to the legal form was extremely childish and disappointing.
Don't let this be the same sort of thing. Don't flame Hasbro, or the T-shirt website. Wait until you have more concrete information (and not assumptions or speculation) before you start making petitions. And for god's sake people... have a sense of humor. Derpy is one of the most remarkable things I've seen regarding fan interaction with a franchise and it should be applauded that so far they've handled it so well.
And if you still think that Derpy is "offensive" then maybe you should instead be focusing your anger on the whole meme subculture which tends to continuously be racist, sexist, judgmental, intolerant, and downright mean spirited.
Bottom line? Everyone needs to chill out.
EDIT: It's been brought to my attention a number of things since I posted this journal.
1. WeLoveFine.com had permission both from Hasbro and DA users to use their artwork on the T-shirts being sold. So no copyright issues there.
2. The episode and T-shirt being pulled probably had more to do with legal matters surrounding the word "derp" and whether or not the original creators would sue them for using it. In other words, totally boring and normal legal business associated with big companies who make lots of money and has nothing to do with trying to piss off fans.
3. The T-shirts that were pulled are now back up.
See? That's why when something happens and you don't know why it did, you don't freak out and make petitions and clamor that everything you love is being ruined. You wait for answers, you do research, and you try to find out as much information as you can from RELIABLE sources and not tumblr or twitter comments. This whole ordeal is pretty stupid to me and I'm just gonna pretend it never happened. Derpy is still Derpy, you're still getting new episodes, and the creators of the show still love all their fans. Relax.