Connie Britton Slams Mitt Romney's Use of 'Friday Night Lights' Catchphrase
Mitt Romney has reappropriated Friday Night Lights football team's famous mantra, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," in his election-time campaign ads, debates and speeches -- and the the series' leading lady isn't to thrilled about it.
Connie Britton — who starred as Tami Taylor in the heart-warming high-school drama — is slamming the Republican presidential nominee's use of the beloved battle cry in a USA Today op-ed she penned with the show's executive producer, Sarah Aubrey.
"The show wasn't just about football," the pair maintained of the Friday Night Lights, which chronicled a high-school football team in the hard-working, middle-class town of Dillon, Texas. "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," they continued. "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."
Taking issue with Romney's record on women's issues, Britton — who currently stars in Nashville — and Aubrey point out the female characters of Friday Night Lights wouldn't support the GOP candidate's proposed policies.
"The women we represented on the show — the women we are in real life — are like the millions of women across the nation," they wrote. "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."
"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," they noted. "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."President Barack Obama, on the other hand, "has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase," Britton and Aubrey wrote. "The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work." (Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, voted against the act).
"And President Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act has been transformative for women," they noted. "For the first time in our lives, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition — our insurers can't charge us more for having breast cancer or being the victim of domestic violence."
Urging women to consider all that's on the line, Britton and Aubrey call on women to take a stand "Let's take 'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts' back and use it as it was always intended — as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness," they wrote. "Let's use our clear eyes and full hearts to vote early.... If we women make ourselves aware of the issues and make our voices heard, we most certainly cannot lose."
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