Nashville’s Connie Britton Doesn’t Want Romney Using Friday Night Lights’ “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts”
We came to know and love Nashville’s Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes) onFriday Night Lights. And how could we not? Everything about that show was amazing. The NBC drama and its oft-repeated“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”mantra captured much more than high school football.
In fact, the stirring words are so affecting that Republican candidate Mitt Romney has been using them as he vies for the presidency. Though Texas, where the show is set, is a traditionally red state, FNL star Connie and executive producer Sarah Aubrey don’t think the governor should be utilizing the motto for his campaign.
In a column for USA Today, Connie and Sarah criticize Romney for using the familiar words, writing, "’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.”
Connie and Sarah go on to wonder what the female population of Dillon, Texas, would think of Romney. “Women who want to make our own healthcare decisions. Women who want to earn equal pay for the work we do. Women who want affordable health care,” they write.
Taking particular umbrage with Romney’s desire to defund Planned Parenthood, the FNL actress and producer point out that the facility was frequently used on the show: “Brian ‘Smash’ Williams's 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,” say Sarah and Connie.
In the women’s opinion, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” represent values more closely associated with President Obama and should be used “as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness.”