Whether you like it or not, Mitt Romney loves "Friday Night Lights." So much so that he's now selling campaign bracelets with the slogan, "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can't Lose!" -- a slightly paraphrased version of the NBC drama's slogan -- in hopes of enticing the American public.
Unfortunately for Romney, this is a problem. Not because he's charging a whopping $10 for one of three rubber bracelets (available in red, white, and blue), but because the creator of "Friday Night Lights" has asked him not to.
Earlier this month, "FNL" showrunner Peter Berg drafted an open letter to Romney after discovering that the Republican Presidential candidate was using "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can't Lose" in his campaign.
"I was not thrilled when I saw that you have plagiarized this expression to support your campaign," Berg wrote to Romney. "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series."
See also: 'Honey Boo Boo' hates being on TV"FNL" creator Peter Berg. (Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
Berg went on to claim that Romney's use of the slogan "falsely and inappropriately" gives the impression that "Friday Night Lights" is associated with the Republican campaign, and that he wanted the Presidential hopeful to stop using it immediately. Instead, Romney handed out the "FNL"-inspired bracelets to team captains during a football game in Delray Beach, Fla., over the weekend, and has kept the "Friday Night Lights" logo as his Facebook cover photo.
However, regardless of how Romney's choice to ignore Berg's request is in poor taste, what he's doing isn't technically plagiarism. Romney isn't claiming to have written "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose," and in his defence, this last batch of bracelets adds the word, "America can't lose."
But this isn't the first time Mitt Romney's gotten himself in trouble with artists. Los Angeles' Silversun Pickups sent a cease-and-desist to the Governor after he used their song "Panic Switch" without permission, saying later they were tempted to let it go "because the irony was too good." As for Republican candidates of yore, John McCain was issued a lawsuit by Jackson Browne in 2008 after using "Running On Empty" in an anti-Obama ad, and was also slammed by Dave Grohl following his use of "My Hero" that same year.