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Friday Night Lights Creator Accuses Romney Of Plagiarism, Blasts His Politics

The writer and director of the Friday Night Lights movie and television series is accusing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of plagiarizing a phrase from the show for his own campaign.

Veteran filmmaker Peter Berg sent a letter to the Romney campaign, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, alleging the politician of stealing the popular football drama’s “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” phrase.

“Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg wrote. “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.”

As THR notes that Romney has used the “clear eyes” phrase in several campaign speeches and on his official Facebook page. The publication continues:

The Republican presidential nominee and his wife, Ann, are fans of the series, which ended its five-year run on NBC and DirecTV last year. Romney said in Iowa earlier this week that the phrase is “compelling.” “That’s Americans,” he told an audience. “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.”

But the low-rated, critically acclaimed series set in a high school football program also featured several themes that might not necessarily be approved by a Romney administration. Among them: a character (Madison Burge) goes through with an abortion late in the show’s fourth season. The decision follows a one-night stand the character had with a football star (Matt Lauria), and it is the school’s principal Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) who guides her through the decision process.

Berg claims that Romney’s use of the phrase “falsely and inappropriately associates Friday Night Lights with the Romney/Ryan campaign.”

Interesting, Buzz Bissinger, the author of the Friday Night Lights book upon which the movie and TV series are based, has recently thrown his support behind Mitt Romney.

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