Connie Britton is joining “Friday Night Lights” TV series creator Peter Berg in slamming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for using the show’s “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” motto during his campaign.
In a USA Today editorial co-written with Sarah Aubrey, the executive producer of “FNL,” the erstwhile Tami Taylor and current star of ABC’s “Nashville” accused Romney of co-opting the slogan and argued that President Obama more accurately embodies the phrase.
“‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose’ wasn’t just about winning games,” Britton and Aubrey wrote. “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.
“Dillon [the fictional town where 'FNL' is set] 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.”
They conclude, “So as women, let’s take ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts’ back and use it as it was always intended — as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness. … If we women make ourselves aware of the issues and make our voices heard, we most certainly cannot lose.”