Former 'Cosby Show' Star Geoffrey Owens Speaks Out On Job Shaming Drama While Rocking Trader Joe's Badge

"It hurt, but then, it's amazing," Owens said about the attention.

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| September 04 2018,

1:22 pm

Geoffrey Owens has finally spoken out after the media shamed him for bagging groceries at Trader Joe's.

The drama began last Thursday after the wife of a security manager at a New Jersey Trader Joe's snapped a picture of Owens working a cash register. The picture went viral and several media outlets published articles lamenting the actor's downfall. 

On Tuesday, Owens, sporting his Trader Joe's badge, told "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts the social media scrutiny was “devastating” but he felt encouraged by all those who came to his defense.



Owens’ story touched scores of people and Twitter was lit up with messages of support for the veteran actor, including some from celebrities. 




The former "Cosby Show" star also revealed he had to quit his job due to the newfound attention. He hopes this hoopla will teach the public a lesson.

“I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true,” he said. “There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

Owens, who played Elvin on the family sitcom, said he hasn’t had an acting job which lasted more than 10 weeks since Cosby but he has kept himself busy as an acting teacher. Still, he doesn’t want anyone’s sympathy.

“No one should feel sorry for me,” he said. “I’ve had a great life. I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I’m doing fine!”

Owens hasn’t scored any job offers after the newfound attention but he’s fine with it.

“I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened,” he said. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”

Meanwhile, the love continued to pour in.



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