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...
Listening to: SoulEye - PPPPPP