Geoffrey Owens proudly wore his Trader Joe’s badge on GMA after being job-shamed

Geoffrey Owens

I wasn’t going to write about this at first because I felt so bad for what was happening around Geoffrey Owens. Some may remember Geoffrey Owens for his role of Elvin on The Cosby Show, and he’s been a working character for literally decades, showing up in small parts in TV shows and movies and working in small theater projects and more. But acting work comes and goes, and many “working actors” still need side jobs to support themselves and their families. So Geoffrey Owens works at Trader Joe’s. Fox News wrote a story about how funny it was that this actor worked an hourly job at Trader Joe’s – it was a blatant attempt to humiliate him and job-shame him.

What happened next was that actors and artists from around the world rallied around him. Actors went online and talked about the sometimes-crappy jobs they’ve taken in between acting gigs. People who know Geoffrey also pointed out that he’s a wonderful stage actor and that he teaches drama and theater too. The outpouring of love and respect for this man warmed my cold, dead heart, quite honestly. And if that wasn’t enough, Geoffrey appeared on Good Morning America, proudly wearing his Trader Joe’s badge and talking about how he’s getting some calls for work, but he still only wants to take parts that he’s right for. What a great guy.

Geoffrey Owens

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  1. Bettyrose says:

    He must be a great actor because I still feel a bit of rage at what a sexist jerk Elvin was on a show I haven’t watched in 30 years.

    • Betsy says:

      Ha! Me too! I couldn’t remember why I had residual frustration with this guy and that’s TOTALLY what it is.

    • Beth says:

      Elvin was such an ignorant, sexist jerk. Sondra could’ve done better

    • Susie says:

      He didn’t write his part. The sexist jerk words came from the writers’ room.

    • J.Mo says:

      He wasn’t bad compared to Ross Gellar.

    • Peanutbuttr says:

      They toned down the overtness of his sexism in later seasons. He stopped saying sexist things but still left Sondra to do all the heavy lifting in regards to taking care of the household

      The sexist pig became Rudy’s friend Kenny.

      • Nancy says:

        I don’t know who any of these characters are, but how ironic you guys are talking about sexist men on The Cosby Show. He sure had us fooled. As for this man working at a restaurant, good for him. To shame any man’s work is pathetic, but one has to consider the source. I remember an actress saying her husband was in the business, but she would love him if he sold pencils on the street. Love is love and work is work.

  2. SJhere says:

    This man is working an honest job to support himself. Nothing to shame him about.
    The majority of people are doing the exact same thing 40 hours a week for decades. How out of touch is the news? And Hollywood?

    • Algernon says:

      Hollywood leapt to his defense with actors all over social media defending him and talking about their own day jobs over the years. Fox News, who started this by mocking him for earning a living, is definitely out of touch.

      • H says:

        The Daily Mail’s article was hideous too.

      • Jan90067 says:

        It really gave me a surge of happiness to see how many, and how quickly actors leapt to his defense. My nephew is at Tisch right now, studying to follow his dream and be an actor, and I know that he will be having to take other jobs while waiting for his break(s). He will also more than likely be working side jobs in-between jobs. He’s already doing summer jobs like dog-walking for WAGS, food delivery, etc. in anticipation of lulls, to build up his savings account. Honest work for an honest dollar.

        My friend’s husband is not quite ready to retire, but HATES his job (a 2 hr. commute both ways!); she told him to look into TJs, they hire older workers all the time, offer benefits, and a great working environment.

        I LOVE shopping there; they’re my main store, I just “fill in” at Ralphs whatever I can’t find there. (Do you know, that you can ask to taste ANYTHING fresh, and they will open one so you can try before buying). Not bad for business! 😊

      • Jovi says:

        That DM article was so unneccessary. The comments were INSTANTLY furious, and carried over the next day when the DM wrote an article about the backlash against their article lmao. I love reading comments on the DM (so hysterically out of touch usually) and these were some of the best. It is rare that DM readers agree on anything, but damn, they were swift and brutal in their rage. It made me so happy to see so many people tell Fox and DM to piss off. Of all the disgusting lies and stories they print, attempting to shame someone for working was absolutely a new low. Can you imagine being the spoiled brat of some failed celebrity, being given a job at a top paper even though you can’t even write in full sentences and having the audacity to criticize someone’s job?!

    • Barrett says:

      He has great taste. I often want a side gig at TJs. I hear it is great employer and they are discerning in who they hire in terms of reliablity, background check. Team atmosphere.

      • wildflower says:

        Yes, Trader Joe’s sets the standard for customer service and I also always think it looks like a fun work environment. Everyone who works there is always so friendly and you can’t say that about most stores.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        The TJ’s community was hit hard in LA with the shooting that happened here recently. An armed man led police on a car chase after shooting his grandmother, and crashed into a Trader Joes parking lot. He ran inside, exchanging gun fire with police. A TJ’s manager was shot through the doorway, and she died.

        Even still, the TJ’s employees helped the injured gun man. They told him that he didn’t have to kill more people, he needed to just give up and turn himself into the police. The TJs employees sat with him and even blocked snipers, got handcuffs from police, helped him handcuff himself, and walk peacefully out of the TJs. They really do have a different kind of work environment over there.

      • Ms. Blake says:

        Exactly. And maybe he gets an employee discount, which would be fab.

        Also, a job that involves working with the public puts you in contact with all sorts of “characters” and what actor wouldn’t be interested in that? It’s a gold mine of characteristics, quirks, voice inflections, etc. that he can use for upcoming roles.

      • NicoleinSavannah says:

        And THAT statement is basically how I have moved up in any retail environment. I tell them it is just like acting and I an assume a new ‘role’ with every single person!

    • FLORC says:

      Yo attack an honest worker is awful.

  3. Jess says:

    Good for him.

  4. Steph says:

    So now idiots are shaming people for having an honorable job…

    • tealily says:

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I hate this culture that is constantly ranking people by income and occupation in order to make people feel better about themselves. I appreciate that Geoffrey is steering the conversation in that direction.

    • notthisagain says:

      Fox News in particular running with this story reeks of racism and double standards. They are the original boots strap/ my grand parents came her from Narnia (anywhere in Europe only ) with only the shirt on their back worked hard etc yet here they are mocking this particular actor for having an honest job ?
      Black people make up 14% of the pop yet make up of probably 60% of their ” news’ coverage (along with Muslims Immigrants) and all of it negative
      Go Figure

      • holly hobby says:

        So would they rather have him not working and applying for welfare? What the heck is their problem. When Patricia Heaton calls FOX out on that you know they are wrong.

  5. Iris Martell says:

    Fox “no one cares if you have terminal cancer; the tax payers shouldn’t have to pay for your healthcare so pick yourself up by your bootstraps and work until you drop dead” News can choke. This guy is out there working a job and it’s not respectable enough for them because he used to have a “better” one? Do only white collar criminals like Saint Trump and his idiot family deserve respect?

    • Bettyrose says:

      That sums it up. If you didn’t have the good sense to be born into the 1%, you should have been scrappy enough to scam your way in.

  6. Betsy says:

    What they did to him is so wrong and so petty. Someone on twitter pointed out that part of the reason he may need a part time job is that because of his old boss’s illegal behavior – drugging and sexually assaulting women for decades, that is – he probably isn’t getting the residuals he once was (I know I can’t bring myself to watch the Cosby Show anymore; I bet I’m not the only one).

    There is NO shame in working to support yourself. The Fox people are so dumb.

    • tealily says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ll best this is at least partially fallout from Cosby’s behavior.

    • notthisagain says:

      This is why I do have some mixed feelings about the Cosby Show being pulled out of syndication. The bottom line is Cosby is a multi-millionaire and this move hardly punishes him as the loss in income from residuals is a dent in his mega fortune
      But the other actors like Owen etc where those residuals really mattered end up being the ones who suffer the most from Cosby’s actions

      I notice that 7th Heaven was quietly put back on the air after it was pulled for the actor who played the father/pastor confessing to being a pedophile

      • Mel says:

        The Cosby Show is NOT out of syndication it still runs on cable in NYC.

      • notthisagain says:

        Sorry I should have said many stations (Not All ) pulled the show from thier line up and are no longer airing reruns
        Bottom line less stations will be less residuals

    • Anna says:

      Yes, regardless of what his personal reasons are for working there, it is true that the residuals situation will adversely affect the actors will smaller parts on the show. It’s unfortunate.

      I love how people have rallied to support him and how it is exposing the realities as well as conversation about people’s freedom to make their own choices and how we determine value in society.

    • noway says:

      This is true. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people cannot separate the work from the actor even if it’s a distant way, and with the Cosby Show it is hard to watch and not think about the terrible things Cosby did. It’s unfortunate to the other actors who probably had no idea and certainly not the extent of it.

      I really like Geoffrey though as he has his head on straight. He’s still a working actor and he knows he has been luckier than most. Plus job shaming of any kind is just bad. As he said all jobs should be valued. .

  7. Chocolate Princess says:

    As many old people has said to us young people “hard work makes a man”. There is no shame in workijg a regular job. I am right now working as a Janitor, at first I felt a little bad but one of few people told me at least you have a job don’t feel any shame because many people would trade places with you any day and they have no job. Don’t feel any shame. Geoffrey Owens is a great man and a wonderful actor. He should keep doing what he is doing. Once again, there is no shame in honest work

    • Stumpycorgi says:

      I hear you, and I can relate to how you are feeling. When I was younger I worked many jobs that others would look down on— I’ve been a dishwasher, cleaned hotel rooms, everything in the service industry, and other undesirable stuff like working at call centers. Now I’ve finished working my way through a graduate degree and I have tremendous student loan debt and no job prospects in my field. So I am returning to those types of jobs. It’s hard when you see things like this disgusting Fox “News” piece, even though you know it’s wrong, it can be hurtful. You are absolutely right. There is no shame in honest work. Wishing you all the best!

    • Chaine says:

      So true, be proud that you were the one out of probably many applicants hired and strive to do the job well–that is what matters, not what other people think about it. If it is not the job you dream to do as your career, you can still use it as your stepping stone on your way up.

    • FhMom says:

      You should be proud of yourself for having a strong work ethic and so should Geoffrey Owens.

  8. Other Renee says:

    The outpouring of support for this man has truly warmed my heart. Actors who have achieved various levels of success have posted the past and current jobs they have held to support themselves and their families between acting jobs. Those who attempted to shame this man for WORKING are the ones who should be shamed. Idiots.

    Oh and I LOVE Trader Joe’s!

  9. greenmonster says:

    So many thoughts on this: for me it’s a racist move to make fun of him. Fox would have never made fun of a white actor working at Trader Joe’s. They would hold him up as an example of what makes America great.
    Also, I wonder if any Trump supporters, who work similar jobs, understand they are made fun of too. Because if you make fun of one man working a certain job, because he once had a “better” one, you are trashing everyone.

    • pwal says:

      Damn right there is a racial component to it. Remember when people were bagging on Gary Coleman when he was working security, a job he had to take because his parents squandered his money? Or some f the Jackson’s when they worked in grocery stores or tire shops?

      Black actors/entertainers aren’t afforded the same luxuries as their white counterparts, because, really, how much you wanna bet that Andy Dick, who, more than a few times, assaulted and abused colleagues, family and friends, will be repositioned for an umpteenth undeserved ‘comeback’, while Geoffrey, who was branded as guilty by association for working on a show with a convicted offender nearly 30 years ago, have to audition like everyone else and make ends meet for the time being, like everyone else?

      • noway says:

        Yes there is a racial component, which only makes it worse. Still I think the class component is bad too. Some jobs in the eyes of others are just not as good thus making that person not as good. Why is that? It’s just wrong.

    • Stumpycorgi says:

      That’s a good point. Trump has said and done so many despicable things, yet the deplorables are not discouraged. It’s terrifying to think that a tape of Trump using the n-word would strengthen his base. What we need is for him to be caught on tape saying that he despises and ridicules low income white men, especially evangelicals. Which is surely true. And it would have to be said in a way that left NO room for interpretation, if that’s even possible. Trump and the GOP have nothing but contempt for all “low income” people, ESPECIALLY and with disgusting hatred for people of color, but including white people. But the deplorables won’t recognize this unless it’s explicitly spelled out by Trump himself, even though this Fox “News” garbage makes it glaringly obvious (not that it wasn’t obvious already). In the meantime they will keep cheering while voting against their own interests. It boggles the mind, until you recognize how deeply racist this country really is.

      • Jerusha says:

        He could use the State of the Union address to say, “I hate all you stupid suckers who voted for me. You’re nothing but trash.” And. It. Would. Not. Matter.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I totally agree, there is a racial component to this.

      I can’t believe this originated with a “news” organization, but I should never be surprised the depths to which Fox News will sink. They have no bottom.

      • Anna says:

        Yes, but Fox “news” is not a new station, it is the propaganda arm of a fascist regime. The sooner people realize this, the better. Many have and many are fighting, I know, but it’s just…not a secret. This is one of the ways fascism operates and the press is always complicit.

  10. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    I was an actress for nearly 10 years. I worked in theater. And literally EVERY actor I knew had a day job. We had to. Acting is a job just like any other job. And 99.9% are not making enough money to sustain not working at all between acting jobs. I worked retail most of the time. My acting teacher’s day job was teaching acting! He was a working actor himself but had a family to take care of and so he taught at a school that gave him a steady paycheck and benefits. These Fox News people who shamed Geoffrey Owens for working are the same people who bash poor people for getting assistance. So you make fun of people who work AND you make fun of the poor. PS – I had a friend who worked at Trader Joe’s. They are a great company to work for and have amazing benefits.

    • wildflower says:

      Actors aren’t the only ones who have another job, it’s expensive out there! I love that Geoffrey said that no job is better than any other job. I feel bad that this happened to him, but also for anyone who works a retail job because this dumb shaming of Geoffrey is an ugly way of pointing out that anyone who works one of “those” jobs is less than. Anyone who chuckled to themselves over Geoffrey’s perceived “reversal of fortune” is an asshole (lookin’ at you, Fox News). Also, why are we not seeing more of Geoffrey? He’s awesome.

    • Esmom says:

      Yup. One of the staff at my Trader Joe’s first took the job when he was laid off from his news producer job a few years ago, he’s a single dad and has two kids to support. He started picking up freelance broadcast jobs and eventually he was hired back full time at the news network. But he STILL works at TJs on his off days because he loves it so much!

      I will say, the staff at Trader Joe’s is consistently the friendliest, seriously just so genuine and engaging, at every location I have been to. I am lucky to have the best people at my local store, they have all been there for years, they’re like a family for sure. It says a lot about Geoffrey as a person that they hired him, I think, I’m sure he is an awesome guy. Fox and the deplorables can F off.

  11. Annie says:

    I also love Trader Joe’s and all, and possibly I’m missing the point of this piece, but SOMEONE, give this guy a SHOW! <3

  12. Mumbles says:

    I first saw this on the Daily Fail, which included a photo of the two smirking jerks who took the photo and must have called the Fail about it (rumors are one of them has a relative who works security at that store, who told them). Blind rage toward those two and the Daily Fail for humiliating a man for WORKING.

    If he were not working and getting assistance (totally his right), the maga chuds would be losing their minds about THAT.

    If there’s a silver lining, maybe casting agents are all, hey, I forgot about that actor, I have some roles that would be great for him.

  13. KBeth says:

    I despise the attitude that some of us are too good for certain jobs, if it is an honest living then it is worthy of respect.

    • antipodean says:

      You are so right KBeth! My mother always used to say, there is dignity in ALL work! Where would we be without the people who haul our garbage or sweep our streets. I have a highly regarded professional qualification, but have been pleased to work in a sandwich shop amongst other retail jobs when the need arose, and I was grateful to be bringing in a pay check! It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!

  14. Saw this on Twitter. So glad people spike up. Fox is horrible, pretending to be for the people when they mock an employee of Trader Joe’s.

  15. lucy2 says:

    Fox News (shocker) and the people who took the photo with the intention of mocking him should be ashamed of themselves, if they are capable of shame.
    From his imdb, it looks like Geoffrey acts quite a bit, and like many actors, does something else to fill in the gaps. Plus I’ve always heard Trader Joes is a great company to work for, and probably pretty flexible with his schedule when he’s acting. He’s doing just fine. Those mocking him need to worry about themselves and leave others alone.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, the thing that killed me about this thing is that the people who took the photo did it on the sly, as a spiteful “gotcha” moment. They COULD have just said hello and said they were pleasantly surprised to see and recognize him or something, anything but what they did.

  16. HK9 says:

    Is this where we’re at as a society?? You’re going to shame people because of the job they do?? Who the f-k do these people think they are?? And if he wasn’t working he’s be a “drain on the system”, this is ridiculous and the people who sent this in should be ashamed.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      And how much do you wanna bet the people who are piling on this “job-shaming” would throw a hissy fit if there WASN’T someone there to bag their groceries?

      In their condescending eyes, people like Geoffrey just can’t win.

  17. launicaangelina says:

    This story just punched me in the gut. I was all up in my feels over this during the weekend and shared my similar personal experience. I’m a freelance grant writer and bartend on the side when I need extra income. He doesn’t deserve shame, and neither do those earning honest incomes.

  18. Marley31 says:

    The person/people who took this photo and had something to say about a actor who just so happens to be a man that was on a tv show and not a man who so happens to have a respectable job should be ashamed. What is this teaching are kids in the world .That its better to degrade yourself, lie, cheat ,steal or. even put someone down to make a living other than hold down a real job and hold your head up high. This is ridiculous that we even have to defend a man trying to make a honest living because we shouldn’t have to and he shouldn’t be shamed for what HAVING A JOB! I just want to ask the person/people who started this. HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR LIVING??? And is anyone coming to your job taking pictures and shaming you for having one. Oh I’m sorry fist of all DO YOU EVEN HAVE A JOB??? God doesn’t like UGLY.
    ONE LOVE 🌎

  19. McMe says:

    I believe Fox failed to mention he was a graduate of Yale while they shamed him.

    • Parigo says:

      Exactly, he graduated cum laude from Yale and has taught acting there. So basically he’s more well educated than pretty much every Faux News anchor, like Hannity who doesn’t even have a bachelor’s degree.

  20. Laura says:

    My sweet, hard-working father used to work as a high-paid executive in the oil and gas industry. He was let go when the industry went into a downward spiral. Since he was still a few years away from retirement he had to find another job. Nobody would hire him at first because there were simply too many applicants for available jobs. He was really down on himself but kept trying to secure a job. He eventually accepted a job delivering medical supplies, using his own car. No benefits because he was contracted to the company and the pay is just around minimum wage. Hours are very long and the job is very physical, especially for a 65 year old man. Does he complain? Never. He is happy to have a job and works just as hard at this job as he did at his corporate world. He is a true inspiration to me! He believes that all jobs matter and that nobody should be shamed for their job. He is just a class-act ❤

    We all need to pay our bills and survive. This sometimes means working at jobs we might not like or that don’t pay as well as we would like. I am working on my degree in education and have been working as a janitor to supplement my student loans. I am almost 40 and have had a lot of people look down on me because I am in school and financially struggling – no car, renting an apartment and no vacations. I know it will be worth it eventually when I am employed in my dream job as a teacher! But as long as we work hard and do our best to support ourselves we can hold our heads up high! The ones who should be ashamed are the idiots who mocked Mr. Owens and who likely mock all people working low paying, low status jobs.

    • Chocolate Princess says:

      I am a recent graduate of a community college for an associate degree in fine arts. Right now I’m working as a Janitor for little pay but it feel good to have money. Though I will say this, that job as a Janitor help pay for my fees in community college. I have earned every bit of what I can get with that job and still working there today. These people that mocked Geoffrey Owens probably don’t have jobs themselves, and the jokes in on them because everyone has his back. It was downright disgusting and stupid. Therefore, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Keep doing you

    • AMA1977 says:

      My husband is an attorney, and when he decided to go out on his own as a solo, he drove for Uber for several months to make ends meet for our family. He said it was truly humbling to be in the service industry again, and it reinforced his belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I was so proud of him for being willing to do what he had to do to make sure we could pay the bills.

      Everyone’s contributions have worth and are necessary. There is no shame in working in any capacity, and people who would attempt to shame someone for working are the ones who should be ashamed.

  21. Tania says:

    I drive 20 minutes every Saturday morning at 7:40 am to get to Trader Joe’s when it opens at 8 am to buy my husband’s weekly allotment of boxed wine (he loves the stuff and it’s a great price) along with their whole grain pizza crust and whole grain bread.

    Trader Joe’s is actually quite difficult to get a job with. There have been numerous articles about how tough it is to find work there because they’re a great employer with great benefits. Every employee I’ve come in contact with there has been super friendly and helpful.

    Good for Geoffrey!

  22. Renee says:

    This guy is pure class. I hope he receives a huge benefit out of the pettiness thrown his way in this situation. He is the definition of class & authenticity.

  23. Fluffy Princess says:

    “There’s no shame in an honest living.” My parents used to say that all the time: It doesn’t matter if you dig ditches or are a doctor, each job has value and is important to keep the world turning. . .

    *double middle fingers* to both Faux News and the Daily Fail for being a**holes 24/7/365.

  24. Lala11_7 says:

    Twitter came THROUGH for him…made me SO VERY, VERY PROUD! Also…Trader Joe’s is owned by the same German corporation that owns Aldis…and Aldi’s, back in the day, was the ONLY grocery store chain that came into under served urban food deserts and built wonderful stores and hired people FROM the community and paid them LIVABLE, VIABLE WAGES & BENEFITS! So I will ALWAYS cape for Trader Joe’s & Aldis!

  25. Krissy says:

    When I saw this article a few days ago from fox news I was so mad! The nerve! there always going on about the working man/working class but I guess that only pertains to white people. Geoffrey is a Yale University graduate and a beloved character actor if he wanted to be working somewhere else then I assume he would. He choose Trader Joes, I bet they work with his schedule, so he can audition and do his theater, gets health insurance etc. I love how trash Fox News was trying to shame him but most of their audience I would bet are hourly workers.

  26. Lila says:

    So, people are laughing at Geoffrey Owens for having a regular job instead of being in Hollywood? I think that’s called real life.

    • Kath says:

      “People” aren’t laughing – they came out swinging for Fox News and the Daily Mail in a way that was awesome! Sometimes humanity (and social media) surprises you.

  27. Nibbi says:

    Ugh this makes me sooooo mad but i’m glad that it comes back around to him in a positive way in the end. <<<<<<f*q$ù Fox News and their job-shaming. they (and the "conservative" ideology they claim to represent) are all about "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" (ie, not wanting to contribute to social programs, welfare, the safety net, etc) for everyone, and then they JOB-SHAME??
    dude's a creative, work comes and goes, bills gotta be paid in the meantime. i respect him for being proud of honest work.
    even more ironic of course these days is the rampant corruption, layers upon layers of stinking filth unearned privilege, hypocrisy, theft of the administration in power & the machinations of the tiny few that pull the strings, including those behind Fox News, and then they've gotta find "content" to fill the void left by their lacking coverage of, i dunno, said corruption and filth, by making fun of a dude holding down a job.

  28. Jerusha says:

    The support people at my school were just as important as the teachers, counselors, administrators. Imagine a school with no cleaning crew, maintenance or cafeteria workers. I’m thankful for the guys who come by to pick up trash, for the genius who’s kept my cars running for the past 35 years, for the clerks where I buy gas, for all the “non-prestige” jobs that keep the world turning.
    I’m not in the least thankful for the illiterates at the Fail or the morons at Faux who think they’re hot sh1t.

  29. Lo says:

    I was a “celebrity nanny” a few years ago.. Money was great but I was very unhappy.

    I’ve been at Trader Joe’s for 2 years and absolutely love it!! raise every 6 months, great benefits and lots of yummy food.

    I love going to work. If you’re on LA Brea come visit!!!

  30. hogtowngooner says:

    Maybe the redhats on Fox News just couldn’t wrap their little brains around the idea of black man with an honest job? They’re just not happy unless they can look their noses down at someone else, especially when it’s a POC.

  31. Veronica S. says:

    The best part of this controversy, honestly, is CBS shading Fox News by referring to their story as a ‘tabloid headline.”

  32. paddingtonjr says:

    I am genuinely surprised by the “job-shaming”. Fox News really is out of touch with reality. These days, most people have a side-gig to get ahead and are proud Lyft and Uber drivers, dog walkers, etc. The majority of actors have to work another job for a steady paycheck and benefits; the job at Trader Joe’s gives Geoffrey that while allowing time for auditions and acting roles. If anything, he is a role-model to others by showing that it doesn’t make a difference if he had a small part in a successful show that ended more than 25 years ago, he does what he needs to pay the bills, take care of his family and pursue his passions.

  33. adastraperaspera says:

    Fox attacked him right before Labor Day. Is it any coincidence that Trump also attacked the President of the AFL-CIO on Labor Day too? It’s starting to feel like many of these attacks are premeditated and coordinated. It’s classist, racist, extremely divisive, and it has no place in our country. So glad that good people are supporting Geoffrey Owens!

  34. Kath says:

    There is dignity in ALL work. I know plenty of people in professional occupations – not just creative fields – who have done all sorts of things when their industry collapses or goes through hard times – from dog walking to factory work. The people who clean the office where I work have a government contract and probably make more money than I do. I really don’t even understand the concept of “job shaming” and I’m so glad the whole world pretty much rose up and told Faux News and the Daily Fail to stuff it.

    Geoffrey Owens is clearly an awesome dude living his best life.

  35. Jerusha says:

    Tyler Perry just asked him to join a show he’s doing for OWN TV.

  36. d says:

    The initial story, the gotcha photos, the mocking, all of it was so ENRAGING, just so absolutely infuriating, so I’m glad my faith in humanity is restored a little bit by the support for Owens. I hope everyone keeps tearing those POS media outlets a new one for trying to shame him, not to mention the POS jerks that took the pictures in the first place. Am I reading this right, that it was another employee’s wife who took the photo? What an invasion of privacy on top of everything else.

    • jennifer says:

      I was just thinking that-what was he point of the photo taker?. A “gotcha” moment, pity, or just plain ole attention. Like maybe he likes his job, maybe he hates it..point is dont take pictures of ANYONE famous or not.

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  38. Reece says:

    Which one does he work at because I want to go to that one and shake his hand! Possibly give him a hug.