There was short mentioning of the whole mess in this thread:http://www.adisc.org/forum/off-topic...le-pony-6.html , but I want to openly ask everyone their opinions.
If you are a Brony, or fan of the TV Series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", you are probably aware of the background character "Derpy Hooves", and the controversy involving her portrayal in the episode "The Last Roundup".
If not, I'll explain:
During a party scene in the first episode (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Season 1 - Episode 1 - Mare in the Moon - YouTube at 17:19), fans noticed a blueish-gray background pegasus with a wonk-eyed, or "derpy" expression that was caused by mistake or as a joke by an animator (I'm with the latter personally)
Fans gave the nickname "Derpy" to this pony, and she would eventually go on to become the mascot of the Brony fandom.
The show's crew acknowledged the fanbase's recognition of this character, and continued to give the character Derpy the wall-eyed appearance intentionally and made her a "Where's Waldo" challenge, having her humorously appear in the the most obscure places (a well, a chicken coop, and even a snowglobe), and occassionlly causing humorous
Eventually, the crew decided to pay homage to the fans and give her a speaking role in an episode: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - DERPY TALKS - YouTube
Nice fan shoutout, eh? Didn't last for long, though. While most of the reactions were positive about it, there were very few negative emails sent to the episode's writer, Amy Keating Rogers, and Hub Network saying that Derpy's portrayal was offensive to those with mental disablities, and labled Rogers as an "ableist".
Rogers stated she was mortified by people calling her that, as she states that she has a son who is mentally disabled, and is a vocal advocate for the disabled as well.
She herself stated that she was not offended by the scene, but made an agreement with Hub to have the scene edited as it could cause a backlash on Hasbro in the future and hurt their kid-friendly reputation, stated here: Equestria Daily: Amy Keating Rogers Response to Derpy Hooves
So the scene was edited from this: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - DERPY TALKS - YouTube
The Last Roundup - "Derpy's" New Voice - YouTube
Her name was taken from mentioning, trademark eyes were changed, and voice was re-recorded to sound less retarded (you can kinda hear in Rainbow Dash's voice that her actress also thought the whole thing was bullshit).
So, knowing how a lot of members here have mentioned having disabilities in the past, how does everyone feel about the pony known as "Derpy"? Even if you are not a fan of the show, or even hate the show with a burning passion, can you still answer this question:
Does her name or character design offend you? Or do you think the edit was stupid and pointless?
Here are some pics and videos of Derpy to get an idea:
Derpy Hooves- S2 E10 - YouTube
Derpy Hooves - *Drains Apple Bobbing Station* - YouTube