It’s starting to look like politicians should just steer clear of pop culture references when putting together their campaign strategies. More than one musician has asked Mitt Romney to stop using their songs on the campaign trail. Then Sesame Street complained about the Obama campaign’s use of Big Bird’s image to attack Romney. Now Peter Berg, the creator of the cult football drama Friday Night Lights, is asking Mitt Romney to detach himself from the show’s motto.
Romney has been using the slogan “clear eyes and full hearts — and America can’t lose,” which is a play on the Friday Night Lights phrase “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” It doesn’t sit well with Berg, who wrote a letter to the Romney campaign asking them to stop. The Hollywood Reporter obtained the letter, in which Berg writes, “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series.”
Berg goes on to compare the GOP nominee to one of the show’s characters, the only one, he says, who resembles the Republican campaign. That character is “Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.”
THR points out that although Berg supports Obama, Buzz Bissinger, the author of the book on which the series was based, supports Romney.