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User avatar #2 - mylittlesentry (01/19/2014) [-]
I'm a realist, and I can accept that there are certain external constraints here, and that mute Derpy is better than post-protest-revisionist Derpy.

I'm happy to see her getting screentime of any sort.
User avatar #14 to #2 - qxangelxp (01/19/2014) [-]
I'm happy that her eyes have been derped.
Mute Derpy is alright, I don't mind her speaking or not, but the eyes were an absolute must for me.
#4 to #2 - dashgamer (01/19/2014) [-]
Yeah, it really is great that she's getting a significant amount of facetime in any role, but that doesn't mean we can't make fun of Hasbro for acquiescing to the demands of an offended minority.
User avatar #5 to #4 - mylittlesentry (01/19/2014) [-]
> doesn't mean we can't make fun of Hasbro for acquiescing to the demands of an offended minority.

To be honest, I've seen so much "See? We are deliberately pandering to you, Brony crowd!" this season that I almost wonder if certain elements within Hasbro even remember that the target demo is, in fact, girls ages 4-8.

It actually makes me feel a tad uncomfortable, truth be told.
User avatar #11 to #5 - mondominiman (01/19/2014) [-]
Who are you gonna target the adults who can and will buy merch with their money when they want or the kids who will have to beg their parents who MIGHT get it for them.
#20 to #11 - mylittlesentry (01/19/2014) [-]
While Hasbro will likely never release hard data on the subject, I'm quite certain that, even considering the higher dollar value per unit of the average licensed-but-not-Hasbro piece of merch sold to teens and adults through non-traditional channels (eg: Welovefine, Hot Topic, etc), the sheer volume of traditional merchandise purchased for girls age 3-8 by their parents at the pink aisle of traditional department stores (brushables, playsets, Rarity's Royal Gem Carriage with a bonus Star Swirl (WTF???) and a cardboard cutout of Twilight in the back, etc) must vastly outweigh the economic value of the former by at least several order of magnitude.

Or, put another way, the number of squealing little girls in the world is so much larger than the number of people who might self-associate with the "brony" moniker, that for every $1 we spend, haggard parents spend at least $1,000. We are an interesting cultural phenomenon, but not a significant economic engine when considered at scale.
#6 to #5 - dashgamer (01/19/2014) [-]
I don't really notice popular culture trends, mostly out of ignorance, so I haven't noticed a decline in quality as a result of an increase in fanservice.
User avatar #19 to #6 - mylittlesentry (01/19/2014) [-]
I never said anything about a decline in quality. If anything, I'm excited to see S4 exceeding my expectations!

I just feel a tad awkward when I see a "Look, we're hip to Gen-X pop culture trends, too!" joke thrown into the show, given how much critical attention said fanbase already attracts for diluting what many feel "should" be the show's principal target demographic.

Just an observation, not a judgement.
User avatar #16 to #6 - beasert (01/19/2014) [-]
What decline in quality?
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