Fans Rally Around ‘Cosby Show’ Actor Geoffrey Owens After News Outlets Shame Him For Bagging Groceries

On Saturday, a New Jersey woman by the name of Karma Lawrence spotted actor Geoffrey Owens working at her local Trader Joe’s. 

She went on to share photos of The Cosby Show alum with Daily Mail and Fox News. Owens portrayed Elvin Tibideaux in 44 episodes from 1985 to 1992 on the sitcom.

The news outlets produced stories about Owens, painting the actor’s grocery store job in a negative light.

The Daily Mail article chose to share the hourly wage that Trader Joe’s employees typically make in the area. They also called him a “former star.”

They also quoted Lawrence on her reaction when she saw Owens.

“I would have thought after The Cosby Show he would maybe be doing something different.” 

“It was a shock to see him working there and looking the way he did. It made me feel really bad.” 

“I was like, ‘Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier’.”

But the internet disapproved of how the articles depicted Geoffrey Owens. 

Many people took to Twitter to defend the actor, reminding others that being a featured player in a single TV show does not always provide never-ending wealth. Working actors often need second or third jobs to supplement their income and pay the bills.

Some people pointed out just how well Trader Joe’s takes care of its employees, making it a good fit as a second income between acting jobs.

Others—including actors and members of the industry—took the opportunity to educate the general public. 

Only a small percentage of actors seen on TV, in movies or on Broadway are actually rich.

But mostly, people found the shaming by the Daily Mail, Fox News and Karma Lawrence to just be shameful.

But Dictionary.com let them all three know what their photos and mocking words really were.

H/T: Fox News, Daily Mail, Vibe