Making a message on my much-neglected dA account because the 1000-character writing box on Change.org is far too short for sharing my last thoughts on this issue. : I
Well, it's been a long time since we've heard anything new on the Save Derpy front. We've heard back from folks, certainly, although never to me directly. Still, Amy's message was eye-opening, and shed some much-needed light on this entire situation. This update is a bit late to the party, but it's no less what I was thinking then.
This whole Derpy situation (I like the term Derpygate. It's pretty funny.) has caused a lot of banding together here in our fandom, which is great. But it's also caused a lot of fighting, which is definitely not something I like to see. We're now quite a few episodes removed from The Last Roundup, and things have quieted down. Derpy is here to stay as our loveable cross-eyed background pony. To those saying that we don't know if she'll return for season 3 - we most certainly don't know that, but we DO know that they could have edited her to straighten her eyes back before airing the new episodes. An edit like that would be quick, and pulled off relatively easily if they saw the necessity to do so. They never did that, so we can safely conclude she's safe. Even in the preview clip from the soon-to-be-aired episode, Hurricane Fluttershy, she remains her derpy self.
She'll be staying as a shoutout to us as bronies, even if she can't be quite as blatant as she was before.
And, honestly? I'm okay with that. Even the fact that they TRIED to give us a shoutout was awesome on their part. Studio B is an amazing team, and obviously not just for Derpy. While Derpy's new voice doesn't really sound great, we've still got the DVD that pretty well immortalizes the original scene. In essence, what we've got now is a compromise. Hasbro/The Hub did what they had to do to appease everyone Derpy upset. This is the reason this petition never did or ever really WILL do anything. At the same time, Derpy has not been removed from the show as a whole, and that's what matters the most.
Is this the perfect situation? Obviously not.
Is it something that we as the fans should be able to accept? Yes, absolutely. For that reason, and because I know there's no way it will ever return that scene, I'm closing down the petition.
Now, let's all go back to enjoying the show and watching out for that golden mane and crossed eyes we all know and love.
Listening to: "Give Me Eyes To See"
Reading: Comments and posts on EqD.
Watching: For Derpy
Playing: Final Fantasy 13
Eating: Peanut Butter and Jelly