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: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
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.