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Alright, so now we get to the crux of the matter. Hasbro has finally made a statement:

"The 'My Little Pony Friendship is Magic' series has always been about acceptance and inclusion, and the series strives to convey that through the playful antics of a diverse cast of characters. Some viewers felt that aspects of the episode 'The Last Roundup' did not stay true to the core message of friendship which is the heart and soul of the series. Hasbro Studios decided to make slight audio alterations to this single episode."

NOW would be the appropriate time to start getting all freaked out over this issue. Personally, I am not going to worry too much. I am disheartened that they've chosen to respond this way, but I am not surprised. Hasbro is a corporation, they have to think of their image. "Derpy" is a debatable term that can either mean "goofy and silly" or "insulting towards disabled people" and frankly I agree that this is not an appropriate word to be used for a kids TV show, let alone a character's name. Bronies might be the unintentional audience, but the show is made for kids first and foremost.

Now this might be a radical idea, but if people really want her name to be changed back to Derpy, perhaps rather than signing petitions we should be doing better with trying to quench the unintentional slander and perceived negativity that the word "Derpy" entails? Maybe stop using it for memes, or use it in a more positive light to stress the notion that it's just as non-offensive a word as "stupid" or "goofy" are? Maybe the key to restoring Derpy is to change the way we approach meme culture and forum talks? Or not... I dunno, it's just a thought.

In any case, I do agree with most bronies on this issue now that I have heard word from Hasbro and understand their position. I liked her being called Derpy, I didn't have the same problems some parents did, and I disagree with the way Hasbro handled the situation. But, as it's been said before, life goes on. It was a wonderful shout-out to the brony community, but it may have been a tad premature. I hope future episodes if she talks or is prominent they simply don't refer to her name and all will be well for me. The show isn't about Derpy after all, and I am not going to let a in-joke ruin my fun.

Now... if only we could stop freaking out over Chris Rock...
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Adeldee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They should've stick to pleasing their intended audience rather than making some shout-out to the community of teens and adults. I like the show myself but I'd rather not "join the herd" and I'd rather be that fan who just likes it in general except with a few aversion to the insanity of the fandom.

Though in my opinion, season 2 is starting to have that atmosphere of 'trying to please everyone' vibe instead of just appealing to kids and parents. That was how season 1's episodes were created anyhow and many people liked it in the end. There seems to be a change of formula after the first season but that could just be me.
dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it's just me, but I've NEVER heard anyone use the term 'derpy' as a synonym for 'retarded'. :B
I only ever use it as in, 'that was a derpy moment' or a 'derp-day'- awkward or just random. Neither of which people seem to have a problem with...
Missinko009 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Who's Chris Rock?
Bjarru Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, that's sad...
One more moment: the interview with Amy Keating Rogers. She explains everything... [link]
Now I'm angry at people who sent those letters. I understand that the fandom overracted, but geeze... sending angry letters and calling a woman ableist just because of Derpy's name and behaviour? The woman whose son is disabled?! It's just fragging wrong
Needleguns Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, wow, as I've said before, parents only find 'Derpy' offensive but not the fact that they encouraged the stereotype that 'unattractive/different' people, are STUPID.
The couple of boys that lead the giant monster into ponyville to test the traveling magicians power is an example.
Predicon-Mike-1994 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I do agree with you Andy, I really do... but if you could hear this out for me?

I don't really watch MLP:FiM much at all, but when I saw Derpy for the first time I fell in love, I thought that she was cute, and funny, and I LOVED the fact that her eyes were goofy. I thought that writers were going as far as to say 'Handicapped people can still get by, just because you may be handicapped doesn't mean you can't do all the things others can do. If normal kids can 'do anything they set their minds to' so can handicapped kids.' THAT to me was a HUGE leap forward in society.

THEN I saw the change.
I have dyslexia, ADHD, severe anxiety, depression, and epilepsy. Does this mean a character who was like me wouldn't be allowed on TV? Does this make ME offensive? Does this make be a BAD PERSON?
THAT'S what this change makes me feel like. I know I'm not alone either...

That's why I'm angry about it... it just feels a bit... hurtful.
Korlashadow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
ADHD/ADD, and autistic here, used to have sever anxiety, only mild. I'd feel offended if a character like me wasn't included in a show. They should remember, you may end up insulting more people by not letting a character like that in a show exist.
Predicon-Mike-1994 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I agree completely.
Korlashadow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Why are we ignored by the community? We just are a bit different, but ignore us? No! Tolerate us instead and try to understand us!
Predicon-Mike-1994 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't the slogan for MLP:FiM 'I'M GOING TO LOVE AND TOLERATE THE SHIT OUTTA YOU??' D-Do WE not count? ;A;
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