Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens who was job-shamed for working at Trader Joe's gets job offer from filmmaker Tyler Perry
The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens has received support from all quarters and a job offer from filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Geoffrey Owens, 'The Cosby Show' actor who was subjected to "job shaming" after photographs of him working at Trader Joe's made rounds of the internet, has received support from all quarters and a job offer from filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Taking to Twitter, Perry wrote, "I'm about to start shooting OWN's number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist."
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
On Tuesday morning, Owens appeared on 'Good Morning America,' proudly donning his Trader Joe's name tag. While he never intended to publicize his work at the store, he was shocked when images of him bagging groceries went viral last week.
According to the 57-year-old, he had been working at the outlet in New Jersey for over 15 months "out of necessity," but has now quit the job due to the unwanted attention it garnered.
FULL INTERVIEW: @GMA EXCLUSIVE -- "There's no job better than another...every job is worthwhile..." Actor Geoffrey Owens speaks out, responding to job shaming and backlash after a photo of him working at a grocery store was posted online: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9 pic.twitter.com/aNiG5fV2yf— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 4, 2018
"When I first saw the pictures... I was really devastated," Owens said explaining, "I got to a point where I'd been teaching acting and directing for 30 plus years, but it just didn't add up enough. You've got to do what you've got to do. I wanted a job that I could I have some flexibility and try to stay in the acting business. I didn't advertise it, not because I was ashamed of it, but because I didn't want the acting community to think that I wasn't pursuing acting anymore."
Owens said he was stunned by the sudden pique of interest after photographs of him in the store swept social media last week, reported Daily Mail.
"It was really overwhelming. It came out of nowhere. I feel like I'm more of a celebrity now than I ever have been. I'm more of a celebrity now than when I actually was a celebrity!" he joked. That said, he hopes his story has sparked a shift in attitudes about work and just getting by.
26 years after the "Cosby Show" is off the air, actor Geoffrey Owens responds to job shaming and backlash after a photo of him working at a grocery store was posted online: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9 pic.twitter.com/z7Xun7CyVw— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 4, 2018
"This business of me being the Cosby guy who got shamed for working at Trader Joe's, that's going to pass. I hope what doesn't pass is this idea that people are now thinking about - what it means to work," he said. "The honor of the working person and the dignity of work. [There's a] reevaluation [of the idea] that some jobs are better than others. It's not true. There is no job that's better than another. It may pay better, it may have better benefits, it may look better on paper. But it's not better. Every job is worthwhile."
"No one should feel sorry for me. I've had a great life, a great career. I've had a career most actors would die for. I am doing fine," he proudly added.
According to him, ever since the story erupted, he has been offered some "hints" of work. However, he said he would be uncomfortable accepting a job simply because of the sudden limelight.
"This might sound weird, but I wouldn't feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event. I wouldn't mind getting auditions. But I wouldn't feel comfortable, someone giving me a job, because this happened. I want to get a job because I am the right person for the job," he said.
Robin Roberts, the host of the interview, enthusiastically applauded for Owens at the end. She is just one of the scores of people who appreciated his work ethic since the images surfaced.
Actor Terry Crews tweeted in support of Owens: "I swept floors after the NFL. If need be, I'd do it again. Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of."
"I don't know #GeoffreyOwens, but I know this - almost every successful actor, singer, athlete, or celebrity is one lucky (unlucky) break away from bagging groceries themselves,' tweeted Donnie Wahlberg, member of New Kids on the Block. "Few would admit it. Fewer humble enough to do it."
Television writer Audrey Wauchope tweeted, "In between 'One Tree Hill' and 'Cougar Town,' I went back to work as a cocktail waitress."
Owens shot to fame after his pivotal role on the final five seasons of NBC sitcom 'The Cosby Show' as Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable. He then went on to star in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and 'That's So Raven,' followed by his recent roles in 'Lucifer' and 'The Affair.'