Mitt Romney has revealed himself to be a fan of Friday Night Lights, quoting versions of the TV show’s “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” slogan during campaign speeches and the debates. But even though the author of the book the show is based upon is voting Republican next week, Romney’s attempt to associate himself with the show’s themes has not been appreciated by the show’s principals. Series creator Peter Berg accused him of plagiarizing, and now Connie Britton and executive producer Sarah Aubrey have expressed their dissatisfaction in a USA Today op-ed.
The women look beyond the phrase and examine what the female characters of Dillon, Texas would really think about the issues at stake in the election. “[The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act] makes it possible for women such as the character that I (Britton) played of Tami Taylor — to fight for the same wages as men no matter what they do or where they live, from Dillon to Philadelphia, where Tami was able to pursue her dream job as a college admissions counselor,” they wrote. “Romney actually wants to … get rid of Planned Parenthood — the health care provider that nearly three million Americans rely on for their life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman visits and affordable birth control. Planned Parenthood was well represented on the show, too — Brian “Smash” Williams’ mom worked there, Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there.”
Read the entire op-ed below: