By Jessica Huseman
Wednesday afternoon, Peter Berg – creator of the popular television show Friday Night Lights – sent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney a colorful cease and desist letter accusing him of plagiarism over the campaign’s use of “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.”
Romney has been using the phrase, which was created by Berg for the series, in stump speeches and posters and it is currently the banner on his campaign’s Facebook page. In the letter, posted here by the Hollywood Reporter, Berg said the use of the slogan “falsely and inappropriately associates ‘Friday Night Lights’ with the Romney/Ryan campaign,” and told Romney to “come up with [his] own slogan.”
“Your politics are clearly not aligned with the themes portrayed in our series. The only relevant comparison between your campaign and Friday Night lights is Buddy Garrity – who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling cars from Japan,” wrote Berg.
While Romney has received the endorsement of Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the non-fiction book Friday Night Lights on which the show was based, the slogan did not appear in the book and was instead created for the television show.
At the time of this posting, the Romney campaign had not responded and the slogan was still being used on the Facebook page.