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Derpy is NOT offensive - My little pony by tyler611 Derpy is NOT offensive - My little pony by tyler611
EDIT: I wanna try to get this around so Lauren Faust and Hasbro might see it and change derpy back! idk if it wil work but I hope so.

No I didn't make this image but I just wanted to show it on DA since there is so much save derpy on it.Yea its a lot to read but its the mentally ill's response to derpy and how they find her NOT offensive. She is a great pony who shows determination even though her eye maybe a bit screwed up she keeps going and pushes on.

My little pony hasbro :iconfyre-flye:
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PlumSweetMask Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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animefan1212 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you know its nice to know that so many people with disabilities actually liked derpy and related to her
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea and it sucks that so many people who don't have the disablity got offended because they thought it was insulting those who do when it really wasn't. A lot of people found inspiration with Derpy since she smiled and kept going at it even when she messed up.
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Tunder2510 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have Attention Deficit Disorder, for example, and i think Derpy is cool character. :aww:
Besides, if stupid characters were offensive, there would be no Patrick Star, no Homer Simpson, no Goofy... really, look at these characters and look at Derpy. See the difference? Only thing that is different is that she is female pony and is less selfish than them ( then again, Goofy isn't selfish either )
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sean357 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
As someone who is mentally challenged I her to be inspiring
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harleyquinnsfunhouse Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have probelms myself and I find Derpy a stong character because she is able to try her best and not shy away from hard work dispite her issues. :iconderpyponyplz:
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Tusskie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
w00t! GO DERPY HOOVES!!
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*brohoof*
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Darxemnia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm clumsy as hellz, my eye lazies sometimes, and my speech slurs sometimes(no idea why). There's nothing wrong with Derpy!! If Derpy is offencive then I am!! Btw I just became a brony (luvitluvitluvit)
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Tusskie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
welcome to the herd!
:)
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Darxemnia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :iconbrohoofplz:
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*brohoof* welcome to the herd and im actually devolping a lazy eye myself (it is possible to devolop a lazy eye) nd If derpy is offensive then technically every cartoon made is offensive cuz theres someone inside almost every cartoon that acts like an idiot and 10% of teh human population is offensive because they have mental illnesses so their apprwantly offensive unless its your own kid or you think its funny. A lot of people are idiots :L
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Darxemnia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Darxemnia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww yea!
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You my friend just got 20% cooler.
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Darxemnia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Cuchulin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
The fact that Derpy/Ditzy seems to be Ponyvilles main mailmare despite being well.. derpy means that whatever her handicaps are they don't hold her back much if at all. Also her derpy-ness being a relatively obvious imperfection makes the series more interesting.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I too have mental illness as well as have some visual issues (easily corrected with glasses or contact, for the most part; but I also have drifting eyes).

I think Derpy is a cute pony; and, I read via *fyre-flye that she was never intended to be as she is shown today. It was most likely an animator's mistake with her eyes that gave her the signature 'Derpy look.'

I do not find Derpy offensive. I am kind of a clutz myself, and sometimes my issues get in the way of my intended actions and being productive. Still, I, like Derpy, move on. Do what I can. Apologize when I do something wrong.

I think Derpy is fine as she is. Being a cartoon character, I feel weird, but... I feel sorry for her sometimes, because I see her eyes and am wondering "doesn't that hurt?!" But she makes due with her what she's been given.

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(This write up is not as thought out and awe-inspiring as I would hope it would, or could, be.)
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CielPhanomhive Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand why the mothers want to block out this stuff from their children. Instead of growing up with characters like this and loving them the same as the, for lack of a better word, 'normal' characters, they grow up not knowing anything about them. This, possibly when they go to school, leads to them finding it odd or strange that people have disabilities which can cause bullying, ect. In alienating their children from disorders, they are not 'protecting' anyone, but rather the opposite.
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Tusskie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
100% agreed. when i was little there were characters with life lessons and this may be off subject but there is a drgon on the show dragon tales who can't fly or walk and nobody said anything about him. so why derpy?
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xXColor-SpectrumXx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
At the MLP Comicon Panel, they stated sadly Derpy would not have any major speaking roles-- but she would pop up in the background as usual. They said that "Derpy would love to speak, but she's a little scared at the moment, and she's decided to stay in the background" Or something like that. :V
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Rutana Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Writer
In my opinion... the bad thing wasn't that derpy was crossed-eyed, nor that she was clumsy. In contrary, both is pretty cute.
What disturbed me so much is that many, MANY in the fandom don't show her as clumsy, but as pure retarded. There's a difference between clumsyness and "ending up in a mailbox" or "can't say anything except muffins".
That's why I was sad as in the show they let Derpy jumping carelessly on top of a thundercloud, asking way too loud (as if she couldn't control her volume) "I just don't know what went wrong", following scene wasn't helping much as well. And I also disliked her Nightmarenight costume which, in all honesty, wasn't very comforting her, too.
I think that there's a very fine line between clumsyness or handicaped and being retarded. My favorite Derpy-Scene? At Fluttershy's catwalk, looking disturbed and appaled at Fluttershy's strange performance. This showed so clearly that there's more behind the clumsyness.

Just yesterday I saw a report in the TV about someone who woke up from vigil coma, even though the doctors said he's brain-dead. He now is slow, he has crossed eyes, and he knows HIMSELF that he's a bit retarded now - but he was a fighter, doing karate again and coming more and more to his old self, still knowing it won't be the same anymore.
When I see this person, and then seeing the retardness of Derpy in this one scene - I think they did unjustice to handicaped persons who're still very much aware of the things surrounding him, I'm sorry.

That's why I support every single picture of derpy showing her clear in mind and strong, instead of dumb and retarded.

tl;dr:
It's not Derpy who's offensive, for me it's the way she was handeled and portrait in season 2.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I also see part of the problem is that society considers being retarded as being inferior, less than human and not worthy of the same rights as more able minded people. Just because someone is retarded does not mean they are 'dumb'. They are slow at things, but they are not stupid. I know this is what you meant, but I thought to speak up about the word choice. I hope I don't offend, like perceived actions, perceived words can also lead astray.
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Rutana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Writer
Yes, that's exactly what I mean, thank you!
I'm sometimes bad finding the right words in so specific themes, it's not my natural language, sorry ^^
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Don't worry. :hug: It's okay. :) And, you're welcome!
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SgtSaturn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Is the problem really that Derpy was being derpy in the first place? I think the problem was that Derpy was acting as if she had a mental disorder and ruined things --> RD got mad with her. I don't think there was nothing wrong with HER as a character or her "mental disorder", only her actions (destroying things) and the was she was threated (yelled at). Children with mental disorders could think that all they did was destroying things and being a nuisance. And of course it was much easier to make her an ordinary clumsy pony instead of reanimating the whole scene. So, nothing wrong or offensive with being derpy, just the way she was threated.
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No it was only the mention of the name that got moms worked up because derpy can mean retarded but hasbro only thought it meant clumsy
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SgtSaturn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All those mums must have been on the internet a lot 8D
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ikr lol or they were watching mlp on netflix with their kid or somethin
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GespenstKAF Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I have Aspergers, ADD, and several others. Derpy has always been, and will always be, my favorite pony.
I honestly think that the edit actually made the problem worse: they made her into a stereotypical blonde.
At least before, she had an excuse: she was Derpy.
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mhmm blondes aint stupid my bro is blonde and hes smart my friend is smart and shes a blonde
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GespenstKAF Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I never said that blondes were of a lesser level of intellect: I said that they turned Derpy into what basically amounts as the blonde stereotype commonly seen in today's media.

I have several blonde friends who are far more intelligent than I.
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Mickey-the-Luxray Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have any disability, but my best freind's brother is autistic, and we get along quite well. But I'm not speaking for him- I'm speaking my own opinion.
Derpy is not offensive. If anything, she's simply a representation of autistics, exotropics, etc, etc. And that's not offensive. If a minority gets represented in a show, that's better than that minority not getting represented at all. Those soccermoms that spoke "for" their supposedly autistic children or friends are being hypocritical, quite plainly. They BULLIED Anne Keating Rogers- sending her hatemail for something as minor as a strange voice and "derped" eyes. And unfortunately, the hate was so strong in those emails that Anne submitted after reading only 10 and had Derpy changed.
And Hasbro wasn't being any better. I'm gonna quote them somewhat (I may not be totally accurate):
"The character Derpy Hooves does not fit with the show's core values of friendship and acceptance."
What kind of f*cking hypocrisy is that? Taking Derpy out in the FIRST place is against these "core values" more than leaving her alone. Even worse, the Hasbro reps were dumb enough to think that makes sense and actually USED that excuse for an excuse.
And what about Snails? He's slow as... well... SNAILS. And you know what? Because he was male, noone gave a f*ck. Note also, that other obviously retarded characters (Spongebob and Patrick, Edd, Cheese) were ALL MALE, and none of them got censored, either.
So not only is this stupid controversy hypocritical, it's sexist! (Oh yeah, sexism isn't simply male-hate-female, it's the other way around, too. Just like black-white racism can be black-hates-white, AND the other way around.) Just because Derpy was female, every one of those parents took notice and gave Anne hell for it.
The people who had Derpy censored are actually hating on the people they think is being offended. Ans this proves them that they're f*cking wrong, and they need to leave Derpy alone.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I have to agree with what you're saying about females vs. males shown in a particular light. I wonder if it strongly has something to do with the 'fact' that in Western society, females must be perfect - looks, acts, etc., etc., etc. It's bull, but for some strange and sad reason, it's what it.

It's sad to read that Hasbro said that Derpy doesn't fit their concept of 'friendship and acceptance.' It's a perfect time to bring that about! Don't kill it before you try it! And, sadly, there will always be those who scream and say 'you're doing it wrong!'

:( Sadly, no one's perfect, and probably any approach to accepting differences is going to be in some way 'done wrong.'
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KamiyaAkuto Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with and respect your opinion as a whole. You and I share the same rage on the subject, and I'm happy that people like you are standing up for what you believe in. But I personally don't think of it as an act of sexism.

After all, if people truly still felt that way about women, I think they would target one of the mane six (for example, try to censor Rainbow Dash because she "acts like a lesbian", which would definitely be sexism as well as homophobic) instead of Derpy for being mentally disabled. I just don't think people consider matters of gender when it comes to this issue.

No, I think it's more of an issue of idiocy vs retardation. No one has targeted Ed or Patrick because you can classify them as a class A idiot, and they don't display any well-known symptoms of mental illness. That's why nobody looks up to those characters, because Derpy was the first character to truly attempt to represent the life of someone with a mental illness.

I don't know, that's just the kind of things that occurred to me. If you still feel that's it's sexist, I understand. After all, you did bring up a lot of good points. Isn't it strange how few female comedic idiots there are? And usually when a female is dumb, rather than being funny she's just gullible and slutty. I agree that there are things that need to be changed, and I hope that you don't take anything I just said as an attack against you or anything...
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Mickey-the-Luxray Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, it's perfectly fine. I think you bring up some good points as well. But here's the thing- Anne said herself that she didn't want kids going around and calling other kids "Derpy" as an insult, which is impossible. If anything the majority of fans look at Derpy and see a pony that stands out from the crowd- not in a bad way, either. It's the haters and the trolls that are making Derpy look bad- they are the ones that signed the petition to make Hasbro change her. If anything, being referred to as "Derpy" could be a compliment- meaning you stand out and are different in a good way.
The haters call bronies "gay faggots who masturbate to cartoon ponies and f*ck their moms because they have no life". Why should they even care about whether or not a character from the show is "offensive"?
I'll tell you why. Because they want to destroy us. They want us gone for good, just like they did with the furries (in hater-speak, "gay faggots who f*ck each other in suits with holes cut for their dicks that happen to look like animals because they have no life"). Why should the development team care at all about what the haters say? Those people don't deserve the recognition that they got. I'm hoping that Derpy comes back, or even gets her own episode in later seasons, as a giant Spiderman.mp4 to them. That would make bronies everywhere cheer.
And I fully respect your opinion as well. I can see why you may not view this as sexist, but bear with me. It seems as if the male characters of the show can be slow as molasses and noone will care. But drag a mare with the derp look into it, and things quickly get ugly. The problem is that these kids are being hidden from reality, and in fact the fact that Derpy was censored as soon as she made a canon appearance means that the parents of the children that watch the show expect the show to, essentially, say "Girls rule- they're smarter, faster, and better than boys. Boys are dumb- and they never amount to much but causing trouble." Because to me (and to some others), that means that the show is beginning to show a feminist tilt, and that's unfair to the bronies, since they far outnumber the viewers within the target age group. They should make it neutral, and NOT make many of the males in the show stupid (Snips and Snails), bullies (Hoops, Quarterback and Billy), or antagonistic (Discord, the Flim Flam brothers). Why can't there be more males like Soarin', or Big Macintosh, or even Featherweight?
I'm not saying that they should take out some females, they should just add more males, with better personalities than the ones currently found. And I'm not trying to say that males are superior to females, it's just that I feel they need to be represented and shown more often.
Back on topic, I think that if some people would go as far as to claim that Rainbow Dash "acts like a lesbian" then they either hate the show, or they hate Rainbow Dash. I haven't seen any evidence to prove that, save for fanfiction. But that's inaccurate.
And also, just saying that Rainbow "acts like a lesbian" when she doesn't is stereotyping real lesbians. And that is just horrible.
And you bring up the good point that "Class A Idiots" are different from mentally retarded people, and that I just proved that it may be difficult to tell between the two- hence why some people that just don't think are called "retards". And you also bring up the point that most comedic females are as you described them. However, I tend to think of Pinkie as an exception. However, she is a rare breed. There need to be more comedic females as well.
It's bee nice having a reply that isn't "lol fag", you know? Cause that's what you'd get on Youtube.
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KamiyaAkuto Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man, definitely agreeing with you there! It's really annoying when haters say we're infringing on their rights to free speech when all we're doing is defending the show we love.

I think I understand this better now. I often wish for more stand-up, fun guys on the show, it was pretty much my only complaint after watching episode one. What I do like is that unlike other shows, the females aren't tripping over themselves to find themselves a man. But yeah, a couple more males would cut off the feminist edge. Maybe some more of Time Turner (Doctor Whooves) or an all-guy special episode would be nice.

I was only pointing out Rainbow Dash because I heard a critic say that her character gave the stereotype that, "all feminists are angry, tomboyish lesbians". You'd have think though, that to make a judgement of a character who never showed a preference for girls over boys and just happens to have a boyish nature and rainbow hair would make you the judgmental homophobic one. Even if Rainbow Dash WAS a lesbian, I would think of her as a strong role-model.

Ha, I forgot about Pinkie Pie. Maybe other show writers should learn from her?
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
the more correct term is Challenged, "ill" implies it is physically brought on or a passing phase autism and its spectrum i can assure is something you must live with as it is a "Syndrome".

i can only add my support lets hope she is back to her self in S3.
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Jase1505 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although the decision was never in Lauren's hands to make or overturn, this is definitely a well made and presented argument against the idiots who believed Derpy to be offensive in the first place. Here's hoping it is acknowledged.
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She had gotton I'd say over 10,000 positive emails bout derpy and 10 emails coming from soccor moms that said derpy is offensive to my kid and all mentaly challenged/ill.
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PDGZandRDBZluver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Derpy isn't as offensive as other characters. In fact, she seems to get ALONG with them all. (I find 'Ditzy Doo' to be more offensive. The name is rather mean)I think they stereotyped blondes now. (What, with the new name change and the fact that her new voice just proves the whole "dumb blonde" thing) Why can't they sensor the other shows then?! Ed from Ed Edd and Eddy is just like Derpy, but no one censored him. Patrick from SpongeBob Squarepants is just like Derpy, but no one censored him. No one censored Snails for being slow, no one censored Twist for having her speech impediment, and no one got ticked off seeing that Pinkie's portraying ADD/ADHD people (admit it, she's just so freaking hyper) No one complained at the Ponies in Bridle Gossip hated Zecora because she was of a different species. *And at the same time, STEREOTYPED the kind) Censoring is stupid
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ed ed and eddy dosent change ed in it cause eole think its FUNNY Patrick - FUNNY Derpy - 'OFFENSIVE' derpy is only offensive because of the name stated by some people and some people say its because she isnt funny that people hate her
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PDGZandRDBZluver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
So? Derpy isn't as offensive as the name Ditzy, which is even more offensive. (You have to shift through definitions to find the meaning of Derpy)
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Derpy basicly means the same thing as Ditzy except that to 'soccor' moms (moms who stay at home and over protect their kids) and other people it may also mean retarded but hasbro hadn't meant it in that kkind of way just clumsy
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PDGZandRDBZluver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
They just took it too literal. I mean, you can call ANY character that acts like her Derpy, but no parents care. (Well, back then no one cared)
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Many shows make fun of the metlly retarded but people find them funny so its OK but if one mentally challanged character shows effort to excell past her condition its offensive people are weird
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PDGZandRDBZluver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Well, some of the shows are also older. Older shows don't get hated as much. Some of the older shows have much more things that are TERRIBLE
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tyler611 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea the show MAD has also recently got complaints since it started up and I havent seen it on in awhile so I think it got shut down by people who found it odd or copyright issues. Newer shows and series are getting a lot of hatred due to the fact t.v and games rot a child mind. But letting the child grow up in school full of cussing kids and kids who smoke is ok somehow.
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KirliaMaster77 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   General Artist
I think I have a lazy eye, myself, and Derpy is one of the main reasons why I love the series, thus meaning I am not offended by her at all. Not only that, I'm autistic, which makes her sort of resonate with me, in a way. I thought censoring her was a terrible move, despite the fact that it was the parents who demanded it in the first place. Either way, I really think Derpy is one of the best ponies on the show, even if she'll never be able to have a speaking role for the rest of the show's run.

I say that Derpy is the most positive image of mentally disabled people that current children's television has ever created.
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