(Originally posted on my Tumblr page. [link]
Let's get some things out of the way. I like Derpy Hooves. She is the symbol of the brony movement. A beautiful mistake that made our ways into the hearts and minds of all in the fandom.
If you haven't heard, iTunes a few weeks ago removed Season 2 episode 14 "The Last Roundup". Apparently, there were complaints that the character Derpy, who spoke for the first time, was offensive to developmentally-abled people. Shortly after the release of this episode on iTunes, it was removed. At the time of this writing, the episode has yet to re-air on The Hub. Speculation says that Apple may have bowed down to pressure from complaints of the Derpy character or Hasbro itself got complaints as well. Welovefine, a pop-culture apparel retailer changed the descriptions of all merchandise featuring Derpy's name (but did not stop selling the actual shirts that have Derpy's name on it). Rumor has it that all merchandise featuring her were about to be removed, but for now that does not seem to be the case.
As a result of these changes, the "Save Derpy" movement was born. A hash tag on twitter, many fanart and worthless petitions were created to save this character from the axe of Political Correctness. Eventually the episode returned to iTunes
with some changes.
Originally, the character Rainbow Dash said "Careful Derpy" pleading her to avoid damaging city hall, she now says "Uggh Careful". Derpy, originally voiced by Tabitha St. Germain in a boy-like voice now sounds high-pitched and more "girl" like. The animation of her eyes which looked wall eyed, are now "corrected", much like a standard pony would look like on the show.[link]
Then this is where the shit hits the fan.
Equestria Daily reported on this issue and confirmed that both the Standard and High Definition versions of "The Last Roundup" have returned and have been altered in this way.[link]
Naturally, discussion about this has spread through other avenues such as reddit, deviantart, ponychan, 4chan's /mlp, etc. While it's ok to be disappointed with changes, it's not cool to give death threats, make absolutely pointless petitions (Because we all know online petitions work right?) and make baseless claims that Apple is somehow edited the episode all on their own.
CHILL. THE. FUCK. OUT.
Derpy ain't going anywhere. She's still in the series and won't be going anywhere if you follow the word of Animator Kreoss [link]
Keep it civil and sane and good things will come out in the end. I should finger wag towards Hasbro for NOT fully explaining WHY they are doing this and not have random animators, storyboard artists or anonymous persons speak on their behalf. So far, they are LUCKY this hasn't hit the mainstream news or they would have quite a handful to deal with.