Geoffrey Owens, an actor from The Cosby Show, has thanked supporters after photos of him working as a cashier at Trader Joe’s were mocked online.
A customer’s snapshots of Owens bagging groceries in New Jersey were published by the Daily Mail and Fox News, leading to accusations of “job-shaming”.
Actors and celebrities rushed to defend the actor, which Owens said was “really overwhelming, in a good way”.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry tweeted a job offer to him after the interview aired.
Owen said “I feel like I’m more of a celebrity now than I’ve ever been. I’m more of a celebrity now then when I was actually a celebrity,”
Last Thursday,an article was posted online with the headline: “From learning lines to serving the long line!”
On social media, people said they found the article’s details insulting, and claimed the publication was “job-shaming” Owens for making an honest living.
Harry Potter actor Chris Rankin was among his defenders, tweeting that he had worked in a kitchen after the movie franchise came to an end.
Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the son-in-law of Bill Cosby’s character, during the final five seasons of The Cosby Show which aired between 1985 and 1992.