It’s not surprising that a Hollywood starlet would vote — or support — a Democratic platform, although it would be ridiculous to say that’s a uniform thing. It’s just a predictable trend, like dreadlocks at Starbucks or three-piece suits at Starbucks.
But, when Connie Britton fired back at Mitt Romney’s use of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” — the signature phrase from the five seasons of Britton’s football-set show, Friday Night Lights — she did so with perspective, a calm demeanor, and care.
“If we women make ourselves aware of the issues and make our voices heard, we most certainly cannot lose,” she said, at the end of an impassioned plea for President Barack Obama’s re-election. Not just that, but an impassioned plea against Mitt Romney’s candidacy.
Britton said over and over that she feels the ordeals facing the characters of Dillon, Texas would not have been helped by a Romney administration, which is odd since West Texas isn’t the kind of place you’d go to find too many who oppose the death sentence, nevermind universal health care or a women’s right to choose.
(*Again, that’s a vast generalization, but one that’s been echoed by every federal election going back to LBJ. Of course, Texas is also the home of the free and open publication, The Texas Tribune, which has brought some creativity and civility to that state’s online media. And, there’s SXSW. So, really, there are no rules in Texas. Just read on…)
“For the first time in our lives, being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition,” says Britton, speaking about Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “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 went on to recount other Dilloners who more fit NBC’s alignment, including Smash Williams’ mother — who worked at Planned Parenthood — and Becky Sproles, who was abandoned by her parents and received a safe and legal abortion from said clinic.
“So, as women, let’s take “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts” back and use it as it was always intended — as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness,” she says. “Let’s use our clear eyes and full hearts to vote early. Let’s use our clear eyes and full hearts to tell every friend, family member and neighbo(u)r about what’s at stake for women in this election. What’s at stake for all us.”
(We’ll forgive her for not using a full sentence on that last bit.)
Britton isn’t the first Hollywood celebrity to fire back at what they viewed a misuse of their creative work by the Republican Party.
In Jul of 2011, the House Republicans used a clip from Ben Affleck’s movie The Town — the scene where Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner decide to go “hurt some people” and Renner coldly responds with, “Whose car we gonna take?” — to back Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan.
Affleck’s reaction was quicker and more perfectly calculated and candid than even Britton’s.
“If they’re going to be watching movies, I think The Company Men is more appropriate.”