Friday Night Lights‘ Peter Berg To Mitt Romney: “Come Up With Your Own Slogan”


The more we think about this story, the more we’d really like to live in a world where Eric and Tami Taylor could run for president (not sure which should be POTUS and which should be VP; maybe they could alternate?). But right now, we live in this world, a world in which Mitt Romney decided to co-opt the beautiful Dillon Panthers’ mantra from Friday Night Lights, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” That was pretty brilliant, actually. Just typing those words lifts my heart. Here’s a clip of Mitt using the phrase:

But when Peter Berg creator of FNL, the movie and TV show, and coiner of said motto, he was less than pleased. He penned a letter that’s quite polite on the surface, and yet also deeply insulting … because he compares the Republican candidate to (gasp!) Buddy Garrity.

“Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg wrote in the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Burn! At least he didn’t compare him to J.D.’s bullying dad Joe. Poor Mitt. He was just riding the high of that Lindsay Lohan endorsement only to have the rug pulled out from under him.

Smash Williams for Senate!

[Photos: Getty Images, NBC]

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