Remember last week when Friday Night Lights executive producer Peter Berg specifically and rather forcefully asked Mitt Romney to stop using the show’s famous phrase “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” as part of his campaign? Here is the relevant blockquote to refresh your memory.
In a letter to the Romney campaign sent Friday and obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg calls the use of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” an act of stealing. “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg writes in the letter. “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and [FNL] is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.” [Via]
In response, Romney and his campaign apologized profusely and agreed to stop using the catchphrase, since it wasn’t theirs in the first place, and one of the people responsible for it so obviously wanted them to stop. Wait. What’s that? That isn’t what happened? They’ve actually doubled down and have started selling bracelets with the saying on their website for $10 each? Really?
I’ll let my man Anderson Cooper take this one.