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It's come to my attention that Hasbro has, indeed, changed Derpy. In the iTunes version of "the Last Roundup" where she finally talks and Rainbowdash says her name, Derpy no longer has "derpy" eyes (although they do seem to occasionally be crossed), has a different voice actress, and Rainbowdash doesn't say her name. If you want to see the clip you can see it here:…!

Sadly I can't get behind the bronies on this one. You guys screwed it up for the rest of us and I have no sympathy for your plight. Hasbro is entirely justified in their position as a corporation to protect their properties from perceive negative perceptions, and that would never have happened if we as a community hadn't thrown such a tantrum over a non issue.

You see, a couple months ago a few fans saw something "suspicious" and made a big deal over it without doing any research. Soon, the entire internet was throwing a big crybaby hissy fit over exaggerated assumptions. Many sent angry letters to Hasbro about them wanting to change Derpy, when Hasbro had no intentions to do so. Directing all that anger, frustration, and negativity towards Hasbro over the Derpy issue was a very bad idea. Why? Because it brought to their attention an issue that they hadn't considered or didn't think was a big deal until bronies made a fuss over it.

This, my friends, is one of the dangers of the internet and cult fandom. People not doing research and over reacting to things that don't warrant it CAN have negative repercussions. It's entirely possible that the changing of Derpy was only because bronies made such a big deal out of thinking Hasbro was going to do it in the first place.

I actually was going to write something similar to this journal back when the issue was still going strong. I felt at the time that all this negative backlash over nothing would possibly scare Hasbro into making changes and I wanted to warn everyone not to get freaked out. I didn't post back then because Hasbro released a statement saying they had no intention of changing Derpy so I felt I didn't need to post it. But maybe I should have...

By the way, there is still ONE possible explanation for why the iTunes version, but not the DVD version, have been changed. And that's over the word Derpy. Derpy, if you didn't know already, was actually coined by the South Park people. It's entirely possible that they own rights to the word and the lawyers at Hasbro weren't able to negotiate calling a character that. Or maybe they didn't feel they needed to. Maybe changing the name of Derpy was them in response to the fact they couldn't "legally" sell the video on iTunes without the changes.

See guys? We STILL don't KNOW what the issue is, and until we find out we shouldn't make a big deal over it. The more anger and negativity thrown their way over this arbitrary change isn't going to help convince them that they should change it back. It's just going to make things worse.
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DTJB Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They try to get your SYMPY, you have no SYMPY for their plight at all.

BerryBurd Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately, the people who opposed it had the loudest voice.

It was not the whole fandom against Derpy initially.
I still think what the writers decided to do was probably for the best. I like her being called Derpy, but I totally understand how it could be viewed as an insult, especially to those (the vast majority unfortunately) that don't know what derpy means. It's a small compromise, but it's not like they're trying to stamp her out completely.
Kiwi-Punch Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why not have Rainbow Dash say "Ditzy" instead? The character has two names, you know. There's no reason to not have Rainbow Dash say the character's name. Just say the other one, even if it comes across as odd in the final product. I personally find both names appealing because they both describe her perfectly. She's slow, clumsy, cross-eyed, but despite that, has a bubbly disposition (hence her cutie mark). She's not dumb, by any means, just clumsy...Very clumsy. That's my two cents. What makes me upset is the fact that they neglected to give her a new name. The voice is also very irritating, too.
Ellodi-Fune Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
eh? it's just a kids show :|
Honestly, the ONLY thing I like about this, is the new voice. I didn't really like the old voice, it really DID make her sound a little, (for lack of a better word) stupid.

But other than that, I want Derpy to BE Derpy again.
Owl-ninja-fan-girl Feb 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa people oppsesed with a little kid's show being immiture?
I never would of guessed:iconnowayplz:
"It's entirely possible that the changing of Derpy was only because bronies made such a big deal out of thinking Hasbro was going to do it in the first place." so what you're saying is Hasbro trolled us?

*small hints at censorship with first Derpy issue
Bronies: "aaaah wtf hasbro! we r teh rage nao!!!"
Hasbro: whoa chill, no we weren't going to do anything, but now that you brought it up, now we are. :trollface:

I highly doubt THAT is the reason. But I agree with the whole "we just don't know entirely so we shouldn't make assumptions". What we need is like a direct quote from Apple, Hasbro, or something. I think its just Apple wanting the episode altered for whatever ulterior motive. Perhap it is the South Park thing, but can they really claim copyright on a WORD? And I have a strange feeling the guys at South Park honestly could care less, seeing as how "derp" is now common internet jargon and nothing has happened before.
FengFuXi26 Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
W0lfxer0 Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Tom. You're always so intelligent about things, and it makes me happy to know that there are still smart people out there.
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