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'Friday Night Lights' author contradicts Peter Berg's Mitt Romney slam

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Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger has condemned show creator Peter Berg's call for Mitt Romney to stop using a quote from the show.

Berg penned an open letter last week demanding that Romney stop using the line "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" from Friday Night Lights in his campaign speeches.

'Friday Night Lights' author Buzz Bissinger at the film adaptions premiere in Los Angeles, 06/10/2004

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beams during his victory celebration after winning the Florida primary election
Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012, in Tampa, Fla

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"Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series," the director wrote to Romney.

Berg's demands have now drawn a response from his cousin Bissinger, who authored the original 1998 Friday Night Lights book.

Bissinger said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I love Pete but he is being childish and petulant.

"He should be flattered that Romney is honouring his show. Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across."

Bissinger went on to describe Berg as "another member of the Hollywood glitteration", who is not in touch with Romney's political message.

He added: "And I am frankly sick and tired of Berg and everyone else acting as if he was the creator of Friday Night Lights.

"Without the book there never would have been a television show. He should feel lucky that anyone cares about it."

Friday Night Lights was adapted by Berg in 2004 into a hit feature film, which starred Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez and Tim McGraw.

The box office hit was spun off into a television series which ran for five seasons from 2006 to 2011.
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