Well I guess you could call it the first ‘official’ response from Hasbro, coming from a Hasbro Spokeswoman by the name of Nichole Angello who made a comment about it in a newly published Gawker Article about the whole Derpy Situation. You can read the article here. The quote from Nichole is below. Gawker of course doesn’t have a good track record with the fanbase, though I’ll admit this article is somewhat neutral (as neutral as Gawker can be) and somewhat misinformed (“Bronies started on 4chan’s anarchic /b/ board as an inside joke before mutating to a very sincere fandom.” from the article, it started in /co/). I will note that the author did attempt to contact multiple ‘media’ outlets in the fandom, we along with several others got one, but considering their track record most of us threw it out. Either way, here is the only shred of information that Hasbro has given us about the whole ordeal.
“The ‘My Little Pony Friendship is Magic’ series has always been about acceptance and inclusion, and the series strives to convey that through the playful antics of a diverse cast of characters,” Hasbro spokeswoman Nicole Angello told us over email. “Some viewers felt that aspects of the episode ‘The Last Roundup’ did not stay true to the core message of friendship which is the heart and soul of the series. Hasbro Studios decided to make slight audio alterations to this single episode.” – Ms.Angello to Gawker **
** – It should be noted that information about this Ms.Angello seems to be sketchy, namely a google search with her name and the word Hasbro only reveals results from this Gawker article (namely the pony community that has repeated this information). This could very well just be a person who responses to e-mail, or something else. We are currently researching to make sure this so called person does indeed work for Hasbro. Obviously its also odd that they would talk to Gawker, a site that has basically done nothing but make fun of this community, and not the community itself. As for people commenting on it saying “make a slight audio alteration”, that’s typically called a political side step, its true, but its not the full story.
Thanks to an anon comment here, seems the issue with people being unable to find info about this person is because Gawker typo’d her name. Its Nicole Agnello, not Angello. A quick google search of the correct name with the word Hasbro will bring up multiple articles, namely about Mr. Potato Head’s 60th birthday. So with that, I’d call this legit.
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