Little Richard, Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard -- in one week?!

This has been a bad week for comedic character actors. First, we lose Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld, King of Queens) on Monday, and now Fred Willard (Modern Family, This Is Spinal Tap, Fernwood 2 Night) on Friday. Not to mention Little Richard last Saturday.

From Rolling Stone"Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87"

From CNN: "Actor and Comedian Jerry Stiller Has Died of Natural Causes, Ben Stiller Says"

From Rolling Stone"Fred Willard, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind’ Actor, Dead at 86"

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"And 'America' by Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole and Sheila E is worse. Not just because they indulge in screaming instead of singing; they also make the mistake of singing it like it's a patriotic song, when it is just as much an indictment of racism and nativism."

With lyics such as "Life is all right in America, If you're all white in America" it's difficult to hear it any other way, but I see what you mean.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"And 'America' by Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole and Sheila E is worse. Not just because they indulge in screaming instead of singing; they also make the mistake of singing it like it's a patriotic song, when it is just as much an indictment of racism and nativism."

With lyics such as "Life is all right in America, If you're all white in America" it's difficult to hear it any other way, but I see what you mean.

When goddess and living legend Rita Moreno was fêted at the Kennedy Center Honors, the performers sang "America" and pointedly omitted lines like that.

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