Ouch! 'Friday Night Lights' Creator Accuses Romney Campaign of "Stealing" Slogan in Angry Take-Down Letter
In August, Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider filed a cease-and-desist order against the Romney campaign demanding they stop using his song, "We're Not Gonna Take It." A week before, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine said that Paul Ryan represented the machine against which he raged. When the Silver Sun Pickups discovered that the campaign was using their songs without permission, the band's lead singer, Brian Aubert, said, “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney!”
Now Peter Berg, creator of the movie and TV series Friday Night Lights has joined the fray with a nasty letter accusing the campaign of an "act of theft" for taking a slogan from the fictional football team portrayed in the show.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
In a letter to the Romney campaign sent Friday and obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg calls the use of "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" an act of stealing. "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series," Berg writes in the letter. "The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity -- who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan."
Romney has used the "Clear Eyes" phrase — which originated as a rallying cry for the high school football team on the FNL television series — in several campaign speeches, and it appears on his Facebook page. The Republican presidential nominee and his wife, Ann, are fans of the series, which ended its five-year run on NBC and DirecTV last year. Romney said in Iowa earlier this week that the phrase is "compelling." "That's Americans," he told an audience. "We have clear eyes — we know what we believe. Full hearts — we love this country and we can't lose. This is a time for Americans to make a choice. We're going to take back this country."
Interestingly, Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the book on which the series is based, penned a much mocked piece saying that he had decided to vote for Mitt Romney based largely on the outcome of the first presidential debate.
You can read Berg's entire letter here.