Over the past 2 days or so, there’s been so much chaos about actor Geoffrey Owens (formerly known as Alvin from the Cosby Show), working at a New Jersey Trader Joes. When I first saw the photos that were leaked I thought that someone just wanted to take photos because they recognized him – then after reading certain comments, I realized people were job shaming him and just being plain ol’ mean.
Have we became so disgusting as a human race that we’re shaming a man for working, for working, FOR WORKING, FOR WORKING. For putting food on the table for himself and his family. For having a flexible job so he can continue to do what he loves which is go on auditions when he sees fit. I swear more and more everyday I just want to remove myself from this planet because human beings are just the worst.
That is what every actor, actress, singer, songwriter, producer, director, etc, etc has done for decades until they got that one role/gig that put them on the map. This is New York and if you’re not hustling, you’re drowning. I myself, work my 9-5 job (Monday – Friday), I blog, I model, I act, I plan on being on an upcoming podcast, I sometimes deliver food (uber eats). This is what anyone does to make ends meet and to shame someone for doing so, infuriates my soul. If he was doing drugs or constantly in jail there would still be an issue, so the moral of the story is, you just can’t please folks, people will ALWAYS have something negative to say.
The irony of this whole story is that with the laughter and shaming of a few, that prompted so many more to come to his aide admitting that everyone in this industry has done this and there’s nothing wrong with it. Geoffrey has even caught the attention of Tyler Perry who wrote this on Twitter:
Look at God!! Geoffrey has stated that he does not want to receive acting roles because of this experience, but only based off of his resume and merit. Bravo Mr. Owens, and I stand with you
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