I’ve been somewhat mystified as to the recent popularity of My Little Pony. When Erin posted her take yesterday, it got me a-clicking MLP links on Tumblr until I ran across the Derpy Hooves “censorship” controversy. Apparently, there was a background pony who had wall-eyes due to an animation error, and the /co/ fandom adopted her and named her Derpy. As a gesture of goodwill to the fans, Hasbro and Lauren Faust adopted that moniker as her official name, and Derpy was even given a minor speaking role in a recent episode. However, Hasbro decided to recut the episode after the fact, removing any references to Derpy’s name and straightening out her eyes a bit. Cue explosive internet controversy.
Now, I can conceive a myriad of completely logical reasons why Hasbro might want to bury Derpy. Maybe the name wasn’t easy to copyright. They’ve renamed many Transformers in the past simply so they could hold exclusive rights to their names. Maybe they felt that Derpy was an offensive stereotype, ala Jar Jar Binks. Maybe they even thought capitulating to 4chan set a bad example for future fan-company interactions.
The point is, Hasbro neutered Derpy for some obtuse reason that makes perfect business sense to them. They’re certainly no stranger to massive fandom controversies, and they don’t really care what you or I think as long as they make shitloads of money. Such is life.
But what really gets me mad are the self-righteous spewings of politically correct moral guardians who claim that Derpy Hooves was an “ableist” character. Here’s an example.
Yeah, I’ve never heard of the term “ableist” before either. Linguistically speaking, I think it’s completely fucking retarded.
Oh, I’m sorry. Did my use of the word “retarded” offend you? Here’s why I don’t particularly care.