On August 31, Fox News shared a photo of Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's. The accompanying article, however, seemed to treat that job as shameful and lesser than other jobs. The internet community quickly rallied behind him, denouncing Fox for their critical coverage of a person making ends meet with a decent, well-paying job.
Owens himself made an appearance on Good Morning America to respond to Fox's initial story as well as the innumerable responses in his defense.
FULL INTERVIEW: @GMA EXCLUSIVE -- "There's no job better than another...every job is worthwhile..." Actor Geoffrey… https://t.co/KngupuPz3p— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)1536061332.0
Owens's outlook was both inspirational and pragmatic—exactly what the world needs more of!
Good for #GeoffreyOwens I hope this opens up new acting and financial doors for him. That photo to “shame” him will… https://t.co/wsJik52aDb— Sophia A. Nelson (@Sophia A. Nelson)1536070312.0
Geoffrey Owens taking this Fox report with stride, praising where he works and noting, "Every job is worthwhile." K… https://t.co/Zyg0okhidv— Robert “The DCD" Workman (@Robert “The DCD" Workman)1536070600.0
Too often do people judge those for hustling on the side of their passion... calling them “distracted” or “not comm… https://t.co/iCGE9QILK7— Nick Grava (@Nick Grava)1536070491.0
Many viewers also couldn't help but note Owen's hat/name-tag combo. A Yale graduate should feel free to work wherever he or she likes.
@GMA Geoffrey Owens has on his @Yale hat AND Trader Joe’s badge. This is a thinkpiece in one picture https://t.co/w4P9ot2Ue6— Exavier Pope (@Exavier Pope)1536065714.0
Caught this segment this morning. You want to be inspired? Need a push? Need to put things into perspective? This w… https://t.co/8tjBILJk6N— Christina Coleman (@Christina Coleman)1536069858.0
Every job is worthwhile.
Fantastic take by Geoffrey Owens about the dignity of work. https://t.co/GPCfxm16D5— Jenifer Sarver (@Jenifer Sarver)1536070299.0
A tip of the cap to Geoffrey Owens from this former grocery store clerk. He points out the "honor of the working… https://t.co/sO8Wh3NuMw— Dan Lamothe (@Dan Lamothe)1536068414.0
And, in the meantime, it seem's Geoffrey's message has caught some eyes in Hollywood!
Here we go! I hope more offers come in for #GeoffreyOwens ! https://t.co/heO7yJXqjJ— Aundrea Cline-Thomas (@Aundrea Cline-Thomas)1536068623.0
Sadly, because of the attention from Fox's story, it seems Geoffrey felt he needed to quit his job at Trader Joe's.
Geoffery stay strong. I'm sorry to see you felt you had to quit your job. I retired a restaurant chef and now drive… https://t.co/WVs5whzDWL— Wayne Dibert (@Wayne Dibert)1536073438.0
Hopefully the internet learned a lesson from this experience—no one should be shamed for their job, because there's nothing embarrassing about working hard to support yourself and your family, no matter where you do it.
The 'Cosby Show' alum, who was shamed for working at Trader Joe's, had to quit over the attention he received https://t.co/A7AGZTygyo— Entertainment Weekly (@Entertainment Weekly)1536067634.0