Another Friday Night Lights alum is speaking out against Mitt Romney and his alleged plagiarism using the phrase "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." This time it's former star Connie Britton, who slammed the GOP presidential candidate in an op-ed published yesterday in USA Today. In it, Britton criticizes Romney, calling him wrong for lifting the phrase from FNL.
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," was the battle cry for the high school football teams of Dillon, Texas, on the TV show Friday Night Lights for five seasons. But the show wasn't just about football. And "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" wasn't just about winning games. Rather, it was a rallying cry of hope and optimism in a community where everyone had a fair shot -- no matter their background, no matter their parents, no matter their gender. And no matter their politics.
So it has been surprising that the phrase has been usurped and co-opted by Mitt Romney and his campaign for their gain. And it got us thinking: What would the women of Dillon think about this?
Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives. And the women we represented on the show -- the women we are in real life -- are like the millions of women across the nation. Women who want to make our own health care decisions. Women who want to earn equal pay for the work we do. Women who want affordable health care.
In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase.
Britton goes on to explain why Romney being elected president would be bad news for the future of women in this country, and urges female votes to "take "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" back" and use it as a "motivator for progress, power, and greatness."
Earlier this month, FNL creator Peter Berg sent a letter to the Romney requesting that he stop using the phrase, and just last week, the Romney campaign released bracelets with the phrase embossed on them.