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Social Media Defends 'Cosby Show' Actor Geoffrey Owens After Being Photographed Bagging Groceries

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Geoffrey Owens attends the press launch for FringeNYC 2012 at the New School for Drama on August 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Paula Rogo
Sep, 02, 2018 3:03 PM UTC

Thousands are coming to the defense of former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens after he was photographed bagging groceries in a New Jersey Trader Joe’s.’

A woman named Karma Lawrence took a photo of the actor while he was working at a Clifton, New Jersey location of the grocery store, and apparently sold it to news outlets. In the photo, a bearded Owens can be seen bagging groceries.

“It was a shock to see him working there and looking the way he did,” Lawrence told the Daily Mail. “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 many are coming to the defense of Owens after Fox News also posted the story, using the opportunity to speak about the honesty and integrity behind hard work — no matter how it may look. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable, on The Cosby Show between 1985 and 1992.

“So the f*** what? He was doing what he needed to do to for his family,” Basketball Wives star Tami Roman said in one of her “Bonnet Chronicles” rants on Saturday.

“That man is honorable, has dignity, respectful, doing what he needs to do for himself and his family,” she added. “And there is no shame in that!”

Others also shared their support of his Owens with their own stories. Actors also pointed out that part-time work is extremely common in the industry.

Owens has yet to respond to the viral interest in his job status. Based on his IMDB resume, he is still a working actor and acting teacher.

 

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