We have a reliable but anonymous source* that has confirmed that Hasbro Inc. is currently pressuring WeLoveFine T-Shirts to remove their Derpy related merchandise. We are currently at this time unsure if it is all Derpy related material, or just that which carries the so called “offensive” term on it.
Yes, sadly this is due to the petitions and loud protests of many. Do not spread hatred because of this, it is the human right to have an opinion or a dislike of something, and it is also the human right to be able to protest that which you do not like and petition for its destruction. There was plenty of people who had opinions on the whole Derpy incident, both sides have valid points. But it takes the entire situation to a whole new level when you begin protesting something that appeared on a cartoon. I am sorry if that is insulting to some, but there are more important things in this world that could use that effort and benefit more. But such is life.
So if you wanted to purchase a Derpy t-shirt from WeLoveFine, you best get them now. Your purchase along with everyone else will show that there is major support for the character, there is also a twitter hash going around (#savederpy) and a petition being formed here.
Do not go “raging” to Hasbro, or especially WLF who are the ones being pressured. Studio B and The Hub have nothing to do with any of this, so do not blow up their facebooks and tweets. For now, wait and see what develops.
(The subject of the Last Roundup going missing on iTunes has cropped up. Please note that this was confirmed by Shout! Factory, the producers of the upcoming DVDs that the episode has not been changed).
UPDATE 2/2/12: According to EquestriaDaily’s post on the subject, there are now shirts showing up on WeLoveFine as “Ditzy” and “Pony Cutie Mark“. I never visited WLF that often, but can only assume that these shirts once were called Derpy.
UPDATE 2/3/12: We have a article today that kind of breaks down everything that has happened. According to Equestria Daily, the names are starting to return to the shirts on WeLoveFine. The #savederpy campaign has garnished almost 2k tweets and reaching an audience of close to 100,000, and the petition itself was around 10,000 signature. The newer article can be found here.
* I know many people questioned my source, and obviously if I was in your shoes, I would too, especially on news of this size. I can now at least say that it was someone inside WeLoveFine, and that I wouldn’t post such a thing without believing and having confirmed the facts are 99% correct. Its one thing when its a random email from a nameless face claiming things, its another when its someone you know that works for the company. Obviously he or she wanted to be kept anonymous cause its a risk to their own career.
There has also been a nasty rumor that all of this was just about selling more t-shirts, namely because Hasbro has said nothing. Truthfully, Hasbro isn’t one to make statements, if you have not researched the company, I can tell you that the CEO is a very conservative man, and that the company itself has a track record of basically ignoring what it cannot understand.
[03/02/2012] : Comment Section is now closed. There is a central page for DerpyGate located here.