This is reminiscent of George W. Bush vs. Dave Grohl, while the incumbent president was running against John Kerry in 2004. Remember that? When W. started using the Foo Fighters song “My Hero” at all of his rallies? Sure, GWB didn’t actually choose the song, but a staffer unaware of licensing rights and applicable laws clearly did. Not a big deal at some rallies, but when you’re asking for funding? That’s pushing through the grey area.
When Dave Grohl got word that the GOP was using his music without his permission (or blessing), his label’s permission, etc. he immediately jumped on the John Kerry train.
Fast forward almost a decade.
For those who didn’t know that Berg is an outspoken Obama supporter, the creator and director of Friday Night Lights the film, and the critically acclaimed TV Series (loved by legions of Republicans and Democrats alike), let it be known by sending Mitt Romney a letter, telling the presidential candidate to quit using his written phrase: “Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.” The definitive phrase associated with the Friday Night Lights franchise. Berg considers the use plagiarism, due to the fact the Romney campaign has used it in writing.
Berg offered the following to Romney:
“Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series. The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.”
Oh, goodness. That’s funny. I laughed. Did you? Even if you’re a Romney supporter, you should laugh. It’s that absurd.
We’ll see if Mitt gets the message, and coins a new motto.