Uh…No, I don’t believe we do, sorry :c You can always try making a backup of our blog, I suppose?
That’s a cute idea :3 Most people I know of (myself included) charge for that service, so that’s really sweet of you! Check it out, guys! :D
This is a glorious post. Please read it and share it with any friends you may have who are still foaming at the mouth.
Where to even begin. The first time this whole mess broke out, I stayed out of it and avoided it entirely until it mostly blew over. Now it’s back, and I’m mad enough to write a rant about it, even if in the long run I don’t expect this to change anything. Feel free to ignore this, it’s going to be long, and I just want to get my feelings on this out there to calm myself down a bit.
Personally, I loved the original Derpy scene. I found her hilariously adorable and just wanted to give Derpy a hug. I loved her cheerful attitude, even if she was a klutz. It was an unprecedented shout out to the fans by Studio B. All that said, it should never have happened.
I didn’t find the scene offensive at all. But even I could recognize there would be people who would. The creators should have realized that too. From the beginning the team have been exploring uncharted territory, carefully balancing an unprecedented variety of age groups in the fanbase. A slip-up was inevitable. Sure, they’ve included plenty of pop-culture references and fandom shoutouts in the past. But the Derpy scene crossed a line none of us even knew was there. Whether or not you find the Derpy scene offensive, it is one thing that no one can deny at this point: controversial. It provoked strong emotions in a vast number of people, both negative and positive. And that means trouble. They put themselves into a very bad situation. Either they change the scene or leave it as is, both ways a bunch of people end up upset.
It is simply unreasonable to expect Hasbro to risk any sort of publicity meltdown over a children’s cartoon that makes up a microscopic portion of their vast profit margin. I could easily imagine a Fox News special report about how offensive and inappropriate MLP is for kids. I’m sure Hasbro can too. They are not entitled to give us anything. The more people talking about the issue, regardless of which side of the argument they are on, the more serious Hasbro will take the whole thing. And even a very small but vocal minority can be extremely damaging to their reputation. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that they made some concessions and changed the scene around a bit. That’s just how things work. The only thing I blame the studio or Hasbro for is lack of communication: I wish they had issued some form of public statement on the issue, rather than leave rumor to run wild for so long. But what’s done is done.
The fandom’s over-reaction has been absolutely disgraceful. It was a one-minute scene in one episode of a children’s cartoon. You have a right to find either Derpy’s original portrayal or her subsequent erasure offensive. You also have a right to make your opinion on the matter known. You do not have a right to hurt actual human beings or threaten anyone with violence and hate because of it. Please, consider what you’re even fighting for. This is a show about love and friendship, and people are sending death threats over it. Stop this. Think about what you are saying and doing. If you’ve learned anything from watching the show, if you’ve been paying attention to anything at all, don’t resort to hate speech, slurs, and attacks on individuals. That will accomplish nothing. Also, think about the consequences of your actions. This has the potential to permanently change the way Hasbro views our demographic. If they begin to think we’re more trouble than we’re worth, they would be perfectly within reason to end the show and begin work on their next toy line. Write well thought letters, sign a petition if you must, but don’t be an idiot. The best thing you can do though, is just take a step back and calm down. Look at all the tremendous things Studio B has already done for you. They constantly acknowledge our fandom and go out of their way to cater to us. Just let this go, and maybe we’ll have a second chance to do the right thing and prove we’re not a pack of raving lunatics. If not, it could mean far worse changes ahead.
In conclusion, I refuse to let this stop me from enjoying the fandom I know and love so much. People are actually rage-quitting the entire show because of this. Would you really turn your back on all the amazing moments and characters and lessons the show has to offer because of this one very unfortunate situation that’s escalated far out of control? All the art, music, fiction, games, and the whole host of amazingly good things this fandom has done are still out there. Bronies have collectively raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity through all the combined fundraisers. MLP has changed people’s entire lives, and brought so much happiness into being, even given people the will to live. The fandom will carry on, and I will continue to enjoy it to the fullest. So please, can we all just go back to getting along and having fun?
Oh! Alright, let’s see here…the quickest way to adequately sum it up…
In the episode “The Last Roundup”, the infamous pony who started as an animation error, Derpy/Ditzy Doo, got a speaking role. Her voice actress thought she was a boy and gave her a voice to match, and her once-occasionally crossed eyes were now permanent through the clip. In the clip, she was destructive and incompetent (if not insanely adorable). Rainbow Dash acted exasperated, yelled at her, and rolled her eyes. Some people took offense to Dash’s treatment of her—people who relate to what happened in the clip all too well (yours truly)—but most people were ecstatic that she had spoken and been called ‘Derpy’.
Some people accepted that some had a valid reason to take offence, while others dismissed those offended as brony-hating trolls who only wanted to ruin their fun because ‘the show didn’t go their way’.
Forward to yesterday, when we found that the clip had been edited. Derpy has been given a new, effeminate voice, and her eyes are only crossed part of the time, as they always were previously. Dash no longer refers to her by name. She’s still destructive, and Dash is still a jerk to her, but it was an attempt on Hasbro’s part to alleviate some of the concerns of those offended while still keeping the shoutout.
The response of a staggering chunk of the community is overwhelmingly awful. People are sending death threats. They’re threatening suicide. They’re cussing those who were offended out. They’re whining, saying that the CHANGE OFFENDS THEM. They’re complaining now, quite loudly, that it didn’t go their way. It doesn’t matter that she’s still in the show and that even the changed appearance is more than most fans of any show could ever ask for. It’s not enough. They’re petitioning and spamming the pages, blogs, and inboxes of anyone even remotely involved in the show. They’re acting like those who were offended are the scum of the earth.
This isn’t the entire fandom, by any means. But it is a frighteningly large portion, acting like entitled, spoiled brats. They’re doing a very good job making sure Hasbro and Studio B never want to give the fans anything ever again, for sure…
I hope that helps clear things up! :D
Hmmm. I suppose that would be a good idea! I try to remain as neutral as possible when posting on CMC, but no human is infallible, and I definitely do have opinions xD
You are right…there always does seem to be an issue in this fandom…
They’re really easy to find on Youtube, just search the name or season and number of the episode.
Nope, they skipped a week.
The iTunes copy of “The Last Roundup” had the scene with Derpy in it altered to change her voice and remove Dash’s saying of her name. Go read about it on EQD if you’re willing to risk being distracted by batcrap insane commenters.
They merely removed Dash’s line calling her by name. I personally believe both Derpy and Ditzy can still apply.