FNL Author Buzz Bissinger: Show's Creator "Should be Flattered" by Romney Using Slogan

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Dallas knows a thing or 12 about being the target of one of Buzz Bissinger's trademark tirades. So we feel for Peter Berg, creator of the Friday Night Lights TV show and the fictional rallying cry at the center of one of the dumbest campaign feuds this side of Bird Bird.

To recap: Both Obama and Romney tried to co-opt the locker-room send-off coined by Coach Taylor, the football coach from the critically acclaimed TV show. Berg, a Democrat, took exception, arguing, rather speciously, that Romney's "politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series."

Football over everything? Sorry, Pete, but that's as bipartisan as themes go.

Now Bissinger, who wrote the book that inspired the show, is firing back. Bissinger lays no claim to the slogan, which didn't appear in the book, but he supports Romney and used the opportunity to restate that support:

"I love Pete but he is being childish and petulant," Bissinger says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show. Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across." ...

"Berg is just another member of the Hollywood glitterati whose idea of liberalism is making sure their Mexican gardeners get paid only several dollars below minimum wage," he writes. "He has no idea what and who Romney is about. I find his letter uninformed and offensive."

Bissinger also takes Berg to task for calling himself the creator of FNL. "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."

Berg, it should be pointed out, is Bissinger's cousin.

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