Connie Britton slams Mitt Romney's use of 'Friday Night Lights' slogan
Connie Britton is not pleased with Mitt Romney's recent use of the "Friday Night Lights" slogan.
Britton, 45, starred in the sports drama show as Tami Taylor, the headstrong wife of the show's main character, high school football coach Eric Taylor. The show's executive producer, Sarah Aubrey, teamed up with Britton to co-write an op-ed piece in USA Today on Sunday, October 28, calling out Romney for his usage of the show's slogan.
"'Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose,' was the battle cry for the high school football teams of Dillon, Texas, on the TV show 'Friday Night Lights' for five seasons," Britton and Aubrey wrote in the USA Today opinion column. "But the show wasn't just about football. 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. And no matter their politics."
The NBC series depicted the lives of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff and touched on a number of serious issues including school funding, abortion and lack of economic opportunities. There were many women in the fictitious community and Britton wrote in her piece that they would "hate" Romney.
The actress further expressed her disapproval over Romney's use of the show's slogan in the opinion piece, presenting the question: What would the women of Dillon think of Romney?
"Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives," she said. "In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase."
Romney has been criticized for his comments regarding women in the workplace with remarks such as "binders full of women" and his plans to end funding for Planned Parenthood. The candidate's policies, according to the USA Today piece, go against the tenants of "Friday Night Lights," which largely included a woman's right to equal pay, equal work and the right to make healthcare decisions.
Britton and Aubrey continued the article discussing Obama's healthcare plans, and how the Democratic candidate's policies would have better aligned with the folks of rural Dillon.
"President Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act has been transformative for women," she said. "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. This law fully covers the cost of our preventive care, our annual check-ups, our birth control. And on 'Friday Night Lights,' quarterback Matt Saracen's grandma would have then been able to get the affordable health care she needed."
Britton currently stars alongside Hayden Panetierre in the country drama "Nashville," which debuted on ABC on Wednesday, October 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
The actress is known for her role in the television series "American Horror Story" in 2011 and her role in "Spin City" from 1996 until 2000. She also appeared in the 2010 film "A Nightmare on Elm Street."