Connie Britton, current star of ABC’s Nashville and former star of Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, took time out from her busy schedule to write an editorial piece in Monday’s USA Today, slamming presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for his policies and slogan choice. Britton co-wrote the piece with Friday Night Lights executive producer Sarah Aubrey.
Britton and Aubrey are offended by Romney’s use of the the Friday Night Lights slogan “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.” The pair wrote in the op-ed that the slogan wasn’t just about winning games, it was about community hope, optimism and equal rights for women.
The Hollywood duo 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.”
Britton and Aubrey go on to compare the women in Friday Night Lights as representative of “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.”
They believe that President Obama is more in line with the show’s values of equal rights, anti-discrimination and women’s reproductive choices. Britton and Aubrey call the Affordable Care Act “transformative” for women. They claim if “Obamacare” had been a reality for the characters on Friday Night Lights, the show’s quarterback Matt Saracen (played by Zach Gilford) would have benefited by seeing his grandmother get the care she needed for her battle with dementia.
Britton and Aubrey aren’t the only Hollywood stars to criticize Romney for his use of the Friday Night Light’s slogan. The show’s creator, Peter Berg, has also come out recently demanding that Romney stop using the phrase.
The author of the book on which Friday Night Light’s was based has openly endorsed Mitt Romney, however, and Romney shows no signs of heeding to the demands of actors, producers and show creators. In fact, Romney is currently using the phrase, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” on campaign merchandise.
Connie Britton currently stars in the new ABC drama Nashville, which airs on Wednesdays at 10/9c. The show has been rumored to be a target for cancellation as it continues to see a drop in viewers.
Before Nashville, Britton played Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights between 2006 and 2011. Last year, Britton starred in the first season of American Horror Story on FX.