Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg is pissed at Mitt Romney for stealing his show’s catchphrase–”Clear eyes, full hearts”–and using it as part of his campaign. But Berg isn’t the only one who’s pissed; actress Connie Britton (who played Tami Taylor on FNL) took to an editorial in USA Today to condemn Romney for wrongly using the phrase–partly because it’s basically plagiarism, but mostly because she thinks it goes against the interest of women, particularly the type whose spirit it’s meant to embody.
Britton starts the editorial, written with the show’s executive producer, Sarah Aubrey, by asking “What would the women of Dillon [the Texas town that plays backdrop to FNL] think about this?”
She explains that “the women we represented on the show — the women we are in real life — are like the millions of women across the nation. Women who want to make our own health care decisions. Women who want to earn equal pay for the work we do. Women who want affordable health care.” And she thinks those women would vote for Obama, not Romney.
She cites the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Obamacare as proof that the president is the better candidate for women, and lays into Romney’s policies as counter not just to women, but the spirit of the catchphrase he stole from their show:
So as women, let’s take “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts” back and use it as it was always intended — as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness. Let’s use our clear eyes and full hearts to vote early. Let’s use our clear eyes and full hearts to tell every friend, family member and neighbor about what’s at stake for women in this election. What’s at stake for all of us.
You might disagree with her interpretation, but I think she makes some smart points. And, as someone who actually had a hand in creating the show, I’d say she has more authority on it than Romney or his campaign staff.