‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens thankful for support about Trader Joe’s job

‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens thankful for support about Trader Joe’s job

‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens thankful for support about Trader Joe’s job

Because apparently, since he played Elvin Tibideaux, husband of eldest Huxtable daughter Sondra, from 1985 to 1992, anything else is inferior. But Owens beat me to the punch and already said he doesn't want anything given to him just because of this story.

Geoffrey Owens said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America that he did feel some people were trying to job shame him.

Owens worked at the supermarket for 15 months before the photo appeared online, but it wasn't until the recent photo went viral that he received such a large amount of attention.

It's a terrific, short interview that closes with Owens saying that the story about him, specifically, will pass but that, "I hope what doesn't pass is this rethinking about what it means to work, the honor of the working person and the dignity of work".

Customers at the Trader Joe's said he's regularly there and a lot of them had no idea he was an actor. "Even with all this notoriety right now, I think I'd actually feel a little uncomfortable if someone said because of what's happening to you in the media right now, we are going to give you a job". "I was getting a bunch of groceries and he wasn't really looking at anybody, but he said, 'Have a nice day'". "It might pay better, it might have better benefits, look better on a resume or on paper, but actually it's not better". Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of.

"I was really devastated [about the reporting of his job]". But several actors pointed out they have to make a living between gigs and places that offer health insurance are especially attractive.

While Owens said the incident has sparked interest in him for future acting gigs, he maintained that he would only be interested in pursuing opportunities he earned on merit alone.

"I don't know #GeoffreyOwens but I know this - nearly every successful actor, singer, athlete, or celebrity is one lucky (unlucky) break away from bagging groceries themselves, ' tweeted New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg".

Now, the actor says he hopes his experience will help others be more sensitive to job-shaming and the value of hard work no matter what the field. "I've had a great life, a great career". Justine Bateman referred to the people photographing and judging Owens as "trash", adding that he is one of the "VERY few people on the planet who has acted on a hit TV show".

"I really want to thank everybody out there ... for the incredible support, the unbelievable support and positivity that they've shown for me", Owens said.

Watch his full interview (below).

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