The creator of TV's Friday Night Lights is not happy with Mitt Romney using a phrase from the show in his presidential campaign.
Writer-director Peter Berg sent a letter
to the GOP presidential nominee charging Romney with "falsely and
inappropriately" associating the now-defunct TV show with his campaign
and asked the candidate to "come up with your own campaign slogan."
was not thrilled when I saw that you plagiarized this expression to
support your campaign by using it on posters, your Facebook and as part
of your stump speeches," wrote Berg, in the letter first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series."
In recent days, Romney has been using "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose"
on the campaign trail as he relates how those words embody what America
means to him. He and his wife, Ann, are fans of the TV show about a
fictional Texas high school football team, which went off the air last
year. In the show, Coach Taylor would regularly use the phrase to
inspire his football team.
Berg once called President Obama a "warrior in chief," in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The Obama campaign posted a picture of the president on Tumblr about to throw a football pass with the caption "clear eyes, full hearts."
have asked the Romney campaign for a response. Buzz Bissinger, author
of the book from which the TV show and movie of the same name are based,
has endorsed Romney.