I remeber seeing a season 3 episode list and I think it was episode 5 and it was called " a derp in a mares life " or something like that on the list it even had the pilot episode info and also luna and celestia prank ponyville in another episode.
Amy nor Hasbro were happy to change Derpy. Amy one of the writer's of that episode was getting hate mails about Derpy and she has a mentally handicapped son as well she left it up to Hasbro and I think Hasbro didn't want Amy suffering the hate mail she was getting. I love Derpy as much as the next but it was only one episode she still shows up...so long as they don't remove Derpy I'm fine.
when I've seen her eyes my first time I just thought: yay a crazy pony ^^ when i see people in real life with those eyes I'm always asking myself: what happened to them? cause i had a neighbour once, who got a stick into one eye and has these eyes now too O.o
yeah it looks strange but I don't think it makes people mentally disabled there are far more things for that...
Derpys life and mine is almost the same... I´ll get much nore bullied than the others, I´m not like the others. I am different, I love muffins too, I am as clutzy as er sometimes and more to go... She´s my favourite pony...
I had exotropia big time. There was a problem with the muscles behind my eyes. I got surgery. They are mostly straight now, except I have another eye problem called nystagmus: [link] Anyway, both eyes derp left and right uncontrollably, but generally remain in the center as opposed to wandering all over the place like before. But I get a lot of weird looks from meeting new people who wonder if there's something seriously wrong with me.
They said they were going to keep Derpy as, well, Derpy. The problem is that I guess Hasbro got some complaints about Derpy so they changed her. But I've been interested in Derpy ever since I first heard of her, and managed to talk to a lot of other adults, older siblings, and parents who say they or their child love seeing Derpy on the screen because she reminds them of themselves. I never heard of a single story of a kid or adult being personally offended. Whenever a kid with a wandering eye sees Derpy, they are usually overjoyed.
I also hear similar statements from those who have learning disabilities who like a character on TV that is liked because she isn't the smartest cookie. Derpy says to kids and adults, it's okay if your not the smartest, or if you're not perfect. People will like you not in spite of your conditions, but partly because of your conditions. They make you unique. Though, I wish I could talk to more parents who had kids with learning disabilities so I could could make some more definitive statements about how those kids react to Derpy.
Anyway, I see a lot of people complaining on my and others' behalf. They say things like, "Can you image if a child with wandering eyes sees Derpy? Boo!" Well, actually if you talk to us, these people would find out that we almost always tend to adore Derpy (I never heard of a case where this is not true).
But yeah, I guess what I'm trying to say is that Derpy is an important character to a lot of kids with similar vision impairments. So, I'm sad to see Derpy get the boot and probably never get any more speaking lines again. Sends a really bad message to kids who just want to be accepted for who they are.
Her name is wonderful, and there's nothing wrong with being derpy. But, I lack the authority to speak on behalf of those with mental handicaps that affect their IQ. While I think we can all agree it's a good idea to establish that Derpy is not making fun of Downs, autism, or anything else, beyond that, I will leave that to the people who actually have such mental handicaps to decide what's offensive and what's not. Part of this problem is that we have overactive cheerleaders speaking on our behalf. I'm sorry to all those who are "so offended" because they have friends or family who are handicapped or lazy eyed, but we can speak for ourselves, thank you very much!
For Pete's sake, I've heard dozens of stories with people with lazy eyes and what not, and all of them are ecstatic when they see Derpy on the screen--especially the children. But then we have these soccer moms going, "Oh, no! You can't give her derp eyes, it's offensive!" You know what's offensive? Thinking they make her look mentally handicapped, finding her eyes unsuitable for television, and speaking on my behalf.
Your right,I never saying bad mouth "Derp" i find Office Dictionary There no "Derpy" and "Derp" i think Urban dictionary is mistake =_=; I need new word Derp is mean google eye and klutz. I would love to hear "Derpy" make me a happy and hug her.
Soccer mom who wrote [link] about Derpy Offensive. i think make me selfish. maybe mom soccer is selfish. =____=;
I would rather those kids speak for themselves rather than having these people speak for them or treat them like they need to be "protected." Protected from what? A character that says it's fine not to be perfect? That it's fine not to be the most intelligent? Derpy is anything but offensive. These kids just want to be treated normally. What's offensive are people who feel they need to safeguard them from seeing a character on TV who embraces herself as she is. Being derpy is not a bad thing.
So what? Now we ban all characters from TV who are supposed to be clumsy and imperfect? You're only good enough to go on TV if you're a brilliant or "normal?" Pfft. Speaking to people with mental disabilities who watch the show, they all say they love and identify with Derpy. It's so degrading to them to be told by these soccer moms that they can't have someone like Derpy on TV.
The barking pony is really offensive. After the incident with Derpy, though, I was too worn to fight with bronies over her.
The problem with Derpy is that she was portrayed as mentally disabled. Obviously not to the extent of the barking pony, but she still was. It wasn't the eyes alone. It was the eyes, plus the name, plus the voice, plus the "can't do anything right" aspect of her appearance that made her feel like a joke at my expense. She was a stereotype of a mentally disabled character, and a pretty negatively shown one.
The voice change in the newer edit helped whole lot, though, as well as Rainbow Dash not calling her by name. She seems more cute and clumsy, and even sorta' playful with Rainbow Dash now, as opposed to someone who was mentally disabled who Rainbow Dash was bullying.
They could have done that without changing her eyes, granted, but since it was a large combination of things that lead to her feeling like a stereotype of disabled people, it seems they wanted to go the route of possibly changing too much instead of too little. It's understandable, really, though unfortunate, since the eyes themselves weren't really the issue. Ideally, they could've kept her eyes and changed the other problems with the character, and I'm sorry you're hurt by the overcorrection of the real issue with her.
If I may, I don't think Derpy was a stereotype, or even mentally disabled at all. I work with special needs kids, and while I'm no expert and there's certainly no cut and dry, one-size-fits-all approach to the students with whom I work, I didn't get that kind of vibe from Derpy at all; rather, I saw her as being clumsy with an unusual (but still pretty cute) voice. I didn't feel like Dash was bullying her, either, but simply frustrated.
I think most people who watch the show understand that Derpy was not meant to represent some kind of serious mental handicap. But it's important to establish that they were not making fun of these disorders for people like Frank35 by better establishing Derpy's character. If Frank misunderstood, others would too. So, it's not hard to clear up her character with the audience without insulting people like they did by saying she was unsuitable for television or iTunes.
Her voice was a mistake to begin with. The voice actress thought Derpy was a boy. So fixing her voice would seem like the natural thing to do and would clear everything up. Other things would have worked too like an extra scene with Rainbow Dash where Rainbow hugs and thanks Derpy. Or they could add more Derpy scenes in future episodes to flush out her character for the audience. But fixing the voice is easy enough. I really don't mind and even appreciate the fact that they would go back and fix up a mistake post-production.
Thank you, but I'm not hurt. Derpy is Hasbro's character to do as they wish. But I know little kids with vision problems have seen Derpy and were ecstatic to finally see someone like them on television. The same is true of people of all ages. But since it's such a minority of viewers, I don't think many people know that including the show's producers. So, I'm just getting the word out about Derpy's hidden and impactful role in the series.
I can understand that. It would be nice to find a happy middle ground (like change the voice, but keep the eyes). I don't feel bad for the bronies who simply feel they lost their mascot who didn't care when people like me were hurt by the character (and she's still there!), but when someone feels a connection with Derpy because of her eyes, and they have eyes like that, I can understand why you wouldn't want her eyes removed .
While I completely agree with you on every point, as far as I can tell the Hub website version, TV version, and DVD version don't have edited Derpy in them, they have regular Derpy. Apple and iTunes just got angry over it and changed their version.
I have an eye condition...but i don't think astigmatism is as serious as "Derp" eyes is. Very well constructed thoughts. I do agree that the voice change was better, she actually sounded like a girl but she wasn't as silly as i would wished....
<slowclap.gif> you summed my feelings up nicely too.
Although I had just gotten used to it, I was fine with changing the voice. The first one was a little too boyish and the new one sounds more like the "I brought you a letter" voice from reddit, which I like a lot. In fact, I like the new voice!
I was even okay with taking out the name Derpy. It made me sad of course, but I'll except the explanation that fans shouldn't influence the show too much (especially when grown men influence a show for little girls).
But taking out the eyes? That's too. damn. far. Why the hell do they think she became our symbol? It's because she was different! Put the eyes back. They aren't a stigma, and, as a matter of fact, they're adorable. Put them back now
Oh, good. I'm glad people are posting comments. I initially disabled comments because I wanted to keep the discussion at Reddit when I first submitted it. But I logged on to Deviant Art today and noticed it got passed around... a lot. So, comments are up. Thanks for your responses.