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Hasbro Studios and The Hub

Save Derpy (and Hasbro's creative process)

    1. Alex Shen
    2. Petition by

      Alex Shen

      Hanover, NH

To whom it may concern,

Recently, we were made aware of the alternate version of "The Last Roundup" that currently serves as the official copy of Season 2, Episode 14 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We suspected that the release of this modified episode could only be in response to the recent controversy surrounding character named "Derpy," who appears in the beginning of said episode. After viewing the alternate version, our suspicions were confirmed.

As avid viewers and supporters of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, many of us were surprised and shocked that such a change took place. There have been mixed reactions throughout our community, ranging from quiet acceptance to downright rage. While a great number of us are unhappy with the modifications, we understand the moral and legal implications surrounding the "Derpy" controversy and understand why such action was deemed necessary.

We simply petition for the return of the original version of this episode to be made available for consumption and urge you to reconsider your plans of action when similar situations arise in the future. Our desire for the original version is embodied in the following reasons:

1. We understand the risks that you bore in airing the original episode. In fact, we understand the risks that you take in creating and showing any episode. What you must realize is that we, members of the viewership, admire and respect you for taking such risks. We have seen the power of the creativity behind the show, and we treasure this TV series, every last bit of it. For some of us, you provided an unexpected source of entertainment. For others, you delivered a life changing message. We love each and every episode that you create, if not for the colorful characters, witty dialogue, and brilliant animation, then simply for the imagination and vision behind the series.

2. In undertaking such risks and going to great lengths to create such a quality show, we understand that certain actions may backfire. Someone may take a certain piece of dialogue to be rudely offensive and indecent. Others may perceive a character’s appearance to be an attack on a subset of the general population. In the case of “Derpy,” we were fully aware of those parties who believed that this particular character’s name, voice, and design were offensive to those people with mental disabilities. The controversy caused by these parties was quite unfortunate, and while we support the right to express one’s opinion, we wish to make something perfectly clear: we, the viewership as a whole, do not in any way, shape, or form, view the original design of “Derpy” to be an attack on the mentally disabled. We know that any perceived offense is wholly unintentional. We accept and love “Derpy” as she was created; in fact, many of us were able to identify with her circumstances. We hope this was made clear in previous petitions and was further emphasized through this one.

3. In addition to separating the view of the majority of the viewership from those who raised complaints regarding the episode, we also wish to reaffirm that we support you 100% in whatever you do. We understand that not all of us will always like what we see, but to please all of us is a definite impossibility. Yes, a vocal few may raise issue with your work from time to time, but we, the vast viewership of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, support your vision and creativity. From young teenagers to middle aged and even elderly viewers, we are behind you. We will not tolerate the tyranny of the angered minority that believes it has the right to enact changes that affect the majority without consent. This leads us to our third point: if and when people attack you for your creations, we will defend you. We will fight on your behalf, doing whatever it takes to preserve the vision behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. No matter how strong the opposition to your work, we will stand by you.

We sincerely hope you understand the weight of that last point especially. Your fan base is willing to do so much to protect your creations. Our attachment to and love for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is too strong to allow the voices of the minority dictate the future of the show. While not all of us will like the result of your creative process, we fully support the process itself and the staff behind it.

In context of the episode “The Last Roundup,” we hope that you will make the original version available once more for consumption. If, however, circumstances prevent you from doing so, we will fully respect your decision and will still continue to support you.

You have given us so much, and we are eternally grateful. Is there anything we can do to help?

Sincerely,
The collective viewership of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Hasbro's response

      Alex Shen
      Petition Organizer

      As most of you probably know, Hasbro recently released their official response/reason to why they changed Derpy. The alteration is only for that particular episode. Thus, while Derpy is not officially dead, she's still in the line of fire from critics. Moreover, the greater threat to Hasbro's overall creative process still stands.

      Thanks for your support!

    3. Plan of Action

      Alex Shen
      Petition Organizer

      I've been considering plans of action regarding the Derpy situation and possible future conflicts. We must have our voices heard and our support shown. Hopefully I will come up with an alternative to simply emailing Hasbro.

      In the meantime, thanks for the signatures! Your help is greatly appreciated!

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures
    5. Thanks for the support!

      Alex Shen
      Petition Organizer

      I'm actually quite surprised that the petition has gone this far in such a short period of time. I'd like to take this time to thank you once again. Your support is indispensable in resolving this issue.

      Derpy thanks you for your kindness :)

    6. Reached 3,000 signatures
    7. Petition email

      Alex Shen
      Petition Organizer

      I've recently found out that the email inbox that this petition is sent to has been blocking similar petitions. While this means Hasbro and The Hub may not receive direct emails with our signatures, this petition still holds symbolic value, and I will find some method of delivering the final product to Hasbro Studios.

      In addition, I will be setting up another initiative to protect Hasbro from future attacks and litigation.

      Thanks for all your support! I'm happy that you all share the same sentiment as I do.

    8. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Francisco Martinez CLOVIS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Ive been a fan of My little Pony Friendship is Magic ever since the first episode, A brony. I believe in a world of where everyone is different yet accepted. Derpy describes that; to me she was the symbolization that their is someone for everyone in such a beautiful show. That even a disabled person can be part of fun and importance. I believe Derpy actually gave disabled people a character to look up to; to them its saying that they are also accepted and living happily just like everyone else. I rarely ever have my voice be heard throughout the internet but as a fellow brony i stand along with other bronies and My little Pony fans that Derpy is happily part of the community of ponyville and looked up upon in our eyes. I am not being ungrateful of the appearance of Derpy but i just want to give my personal thoughts...I am eternally grateful...For this beautiful magical show you have gifted us all...Thank you for your time.

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    • Nick Chiappetta FORT MYERS, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Bring her back. We all love her Derpiness. Its the beauty of her,

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    • Katlynn Carmignani PORT CHARLOTTE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I love Derpy just the way she is. Even if she's clumsy, and has a lazy eye and a deep voice- Derpy Hooves is a special pony, and she deserves to be loved the same way everyone else does. Is she only lovable if her eyes are straight? No!

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    • Edgar Ortiz D.F., MEXICO
      • over 2 years ago

      i have a cousin whit the same eye problem, and he is fan of the serie, and never has he feel ofended for the character.

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    • El violador de Moralfags MONTERREY, MEXICO
      • over 2 years ago

      because derpy its so fucking cute :3

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