“Friday Night Lights” creator accuses Mitt Romney of plagiarism, but original author endorsed him

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Peter Berg, the writer-director of the Friday Night Lights movie and television series, is not pleased that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has co-opted a phrase from the show for his campaign appearances.

In a letter to the Romney campaign obtained 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,” writes Berg. “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.”

While Berg is displeased with Romney’s use of material from the movie, “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger endorsed Romney on Monday, lending some legitimacy to his campaign’s use of the Dillon Panthers’ catchphrase.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist wrote in a column for The Daily Beast that he came down in Romney’s favor after Obama appeared “burnt out” in last week’s debate.

H/t to Taegan Goddard.

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