The people behind FIM acknowledged something that the fans came up with, did it, people got pissed off because she was clumsy and had a slow voice and because apparently 'Derp' is now a synonym for 'mentally retarded' and changed her voice, and when anyone spoke out against the changing of her voice the usual reaction was 'FAHKFJSHDSFSD YOU'RE ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT'S MY LITTLE PONY AND ITS DERPY HOOVES STOP CARING GO BACK TO CLOPPING YOU FREAK'?
Well, I have no doubt that a lot of people were upset just because it was a show they liked that got censorship and because it was a character that the fans essentially molded.
But...don't know about anyone else...I thought it was ridiculous because it was fucking ridiculous. There are cartoon characters in shows intended for really young audiences that are legitimately stupid to the point where they truly show off what people think of as mental retardation and yet they go fucking insane over a slightly clumsy character because 'HER SLOW VOICE OFFENDS ME AND I READ ON THE INTERWEBS THAT DERP MEANT RETARDED NOT JUST WALL EYED '.
Really though, all in all...most cartoon censorship is pretty stupid, especially when they take out simple things like bleeping the word 'loser' (I'm looking at you Treehouse) when other cartoons got away with having an angry dog pick out the nerve endings in his gums with a tweezer and no one put a shit fit over that.
Aside from that, just...any censorship. On a large scale, on a tiny scale like that...I'm not going to truly wrap my head around it until I explode from it, or get extremely pissed and allow the censorship to take up my time other than merely making a stamp that takes a few minutes but...c'mon. It's just silly.
As of the Mike controversy, Total Drama All-Stars and maybe even Revenge of the Island is going to be pulled [the former I wouldn't mind getting pulled because it was just horrendous].
But speaking of Total Drama and censorship, it's funny that in the original cut of the show [the Canadian version], the characters are allowed to use some minor swearing, like "crap", "shut up", or even use censor bleeps to imply harsher language [Lindsay's "reason you suck" speech to Heather comes to mind], but in the US version none of that is even allowed through. Hell, the huge censor bleep in Lindsay's 'reason you suck" speech was changed to "no good, selfish, heartless, pushy, bossy, mean, bully-of-a-girl". However, pixelating her hand when giving Heather the bird was left completely unaltered. Same with camera shots when a character was indecent [nether regions or boobs were exposed], the pixelation stayed.
I hate Derpy. I love her as a character, she's cute but for fuck's sake, people need to stop calling her Derpy. I prefer referring to her by the name Ditzy Do, because that is the name that was originally going to be given to her. Calling her Derpy, no matter what excuse people have, IS OFFENSIVE. Yes she may have some form of disability, even as little as having what I think is called a 'turn' in her eye, but calling her DERPY, i.e. RETARDED, for that is not on. And I say this as someone with autism who is fed up of being treated like she is a retard for that said autism.
I was kinda bummed they switched the voices, I thought Derpy's original voice fit well with her given her wel ... nature. I'm not calling Derpy retarded or anything, she's actually one of my favorite ponies, but she can be a bit of a klutz at times, so yeah..