Adults are afraid of Derpy because they think she's offensive to disabled people. Well guess what? I have PROOF that even a five year old loves Derpy, and is aware of the cross-eyed pony!
If you need proof, look over here:
My kids both love Derpy and try to kiss her on the screen when she pops out in season 1 and 2. After Hasbro regulated that she be extremely restricted in the show and removed her name from everything, now her S3 appearances are too brief or well hidden for them to notice. We do also own the Friendship Express DVD so it makes it even weirder when we watch the iTunes version during the afternoon on our media PC and then the DVD version at bedtime on the DVD player upstairs. In happier news, my 5 year old actually made friends with a girl in her kindergarten who has strabismus because my daughter pointed to her and said "That girl has eyes like Derpy, I am gonna go play with her." Without Derpy Hooves, I would believe my daughter would have been much more uncomfortable with the condition and treated the girl with caution instead of friendship. I am waiting sadly for the day when she asks if her friend will "disappear" like Derpy did.
You can find the user who commented on Derpy's wiki page here: [link]
That just show to proves that even LITTLE kids may love Derpy too! ... HATERS AND SOCCER MOMS CAN SUCK IT!!!!!!!!
ALSO, I'm going to be making a satire of Derpy haters for my English class soon. When I finish it, I'll upload it to deviantART for all of you to see.
SPREAD THE DERPY LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EDIT: Before you comment, please know that I don't have kids. I found this comment on the Derpy page in the MLP wiki on the comment page.