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Creator of TV’s Friday Night Lights wants Mitt Romney to quit ‘plagiarizing’ his show

Oct 12, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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Peter Berg directed Battleship, for which we’ll forgive him, and played the lead role in Rise & Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story, for which we give him wild applause. But he’s also responsible for bringing Friday Night Lights to both the large and small screen, for which I think we can all agree he deserves further kudos.

But now, trouble in Dillon, Texas! Berg has written a letter to Mitt Romney, condemning the Presidential hopeful for using one of the trademark terms from Friday Night Lights in his campaign.

Here’s the letter:

Governor Romney:

I created the TV show “Friday Night Lights” and came up with the phrase “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.”

I was not thrilled when I saw that you have plagiarized this expression to support your campaign by using it on posters, your Facebook page and as part of your stump speeches. Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series.

The only relevent 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.

Your use of the expression falsely and inapproriately associates “Friday Night Lights” with the Romney/Ryan campaign. Mitt, we all wish you and your family all the best. We are grateful for your support of our beloved show, but we are not in any way affiliated with you or your campaign. Please come up with your own campaign slogan.

Sincerely, Peter Berg.

Not everyone connected to Friday Night Lights is down on Romney, however. Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the book on which the series is based, has been taking a rash of grief on Twitter after he announced his support of Romney earlier this week. Bissinger’s rants aimed at a handful of his trolling followers are pretty entertaining.

And as you probably know, Berg and Bissinger are cousins.

No word from the marvelously-named star of Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler, on where he stands on this.

  1. therightisalright - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Shut up Berg you should be honored that the next President of the United States considers one of your lines worthy of repeating. We are all waiting with baited breath for the sequel to your Landry as serial killer story line yeah that was a real Emmy winner huh? Maybe you should use the limited talent you have and start drafting your script “We the brain dead libs can’t believe how Obama blew the election” because that loss is coming. Maybe it will be a comedy starring Biden since he is such a laughing hyena that thinks everything is a big joke well November 6 is going to wipe the smile right off his face. Obama, Biden, Berg “Bleary eyed, No Heart, Can’t Win.”

    • scarletlonghorn - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      How anyone can support the Romney/Ryan ticket blows my mind. The man still can’t decide who he is and we are 3 weeks from election day, but I’m sure conservatives will blindly defend as always.

      • skids003 - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        How anyone can vote to put the current administration back in is beyond me. They surely cannot run on their record.

        And I have another idea. Mr. Berg, I will not contribute one dime or my time to any show you have anything to do with, not that you care.

  2. manchestermiracle - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Good for you, Peter. Both presidential candidates suck. Romney for thinking he could somehow hide the fact he is a 1%er representing 1%ers and Obama for being little more than Bush II.

    Once again the “race” comes down to picking the lesser of two evils. One wonders if the American voting public will ever realize that there hasn’t been a presidential candidate representing the vast majority of the U.S. population in any way for at least a hundred years. Stop voting, or being a sycophant, for either major party. They are nothing more than the opposite sides of the same coin.

    Politics on a sports site sucks, too.