Peter Berg, the Friday Night Lights writer/director of the television series and widely acclaimed film is not happy with Mitt Romney and how he’s decided to effectively target people during campaign appearances.
Romney has decided to use the phrase that was used by Friday Night Lights, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”, which Berg has claimed is a clear act of plagiarism. In an open letter to Mitt Romney, obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Berg writes, “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg continued in his letter to Romney, “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.”
One only has to look at one out of several of Romney’s campaigns to see that he uses the “clear eyes” phrase during speeches. The popular phrase is also used on his Facebook page as well. In the past presidential candidate and wife Ann, have admitted that they are both fans of the show, which ended its five season run last year. In Iowa, Romney said that the catch-phrase is “compelling” going on to explain that, “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.”
Going back to Berg’s statement about the differences in politics, it’s interesting that Romney and his wife would be fans, let alone adopt the slogan for the campaign, as Friday Night Lights covered an abortion on the show, and an apathetic military head parent in another storyline.
Later on in his open letter to Mitt Romney, Peter Berg said of the use of the Friday Night Lights phrase in the campaign is, “falsely and inappropriately associates Friday Night Lights with the Romney/Ryan campaign.”
So far Mitt Romney hasn’t responded to Peter Berg’s claims accusing him of plagiarism.
Do you agree that Mitt Romney plagiarized?