Geoffrey Owens vs. The Job-Shamers

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For the past few days, I’ve thought a lot about how the actor, Geoffrey Owens has been in the limelight after a shopper at Trader Joe’s snapped photos of Owens working the cash register wearing his name tag.  The lady then went on to submit the pictures to various celebrity websites, apparently with the hopes of stirring something up.

I have fond memories of watching Geoffrey when he appeared as Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby Show all those years ago.  Although I have to confess, I had to Google his characters last name for this article; I could only remember, “Elvin.”

When I watched several interviews, I was impressed by the honesty and sincerity with which Mr. Owens spoke.  Below is one such interview:

I know where Mr. Owens is coming from; I have been in the entertainment business for more than thirty years as an actor, comedian, writer, and magician.  To support my family and me, I have worked temp jobs, sold advertising, sold copiers and computers, so many other jobs I can’t even recall.  In the nineties, after reaching a level of success to which I didn’t expect to have to go back to a “real” job, I found myself cleaning carpets for Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaning Company.

It was a humbling experience for me, and I’ve had nowhere near the level of success Geoffrey Owens has and most likely never will.  Showbusiness is fickle, and no one should enter into it if they are driven purely for money.  It is not a 9-5, weekly paycheck business.  Good for Geoffrey for taking an honest job to support his family between gigs and not being ashamed when attention was brought to it.

The irony of the situation is that the very people attempting to job-shame Geoffrey has boosted his status back into the celebrity realm.  He will no doubt, be again working as an actor very soon and we will all be the better for it.


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