Tyler Perry Offers Former Cosby Star A Job – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, we've all been told or at least heard the saying, "Nothing worth having comes easy." Right? Now the joke is on the idiots who tried to job shame a former Cosby Show actor, Geoffrey Owens, best known for his role as Sondra's husband, Elvin.
The Huffington Post reports that a shopper, Karma Lawrence, spotted the actor working a cash register at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in Clifton, New Jersey. Recognizing the former Cosby Show star, she took a picture of him, supposedly out of pity. Lawrence told the Daily Mail she felt sorry for him because after acting for years on the iconic show, he wound up "being a cashier." Somehow, working a "regular" job was newsworthy enough for FOX News to pick up.
The network then joined the Daily Mail and proceeded to job shame the actor. Next thing Owens knew, his photos were all over the internet, and the embarrassing story went viral. Sadly, all the unwanted attention led to the actor quitting his job. It's really sad because the man was just trying to make ends meet. And don't get it twisted. He wasn't hiding; he was living. Owens had reportedly been working at Trader Joe's for about 15 months before all this happened.
By the way, Owens is still acting. He's appeared in a variety of small roles in recent years on TV dramas like The Affair. From time to time, he also teaches at Yale. HotNewHipHop reported that Tuesday, September 4, 2018 proved to be a big day for the actor because Tyler Perry caught wind of his story and offered him a job! Like Crews, Perry knows what it is to work hard and be determined to make it. Tyler has shared his life story on many occasions. He beat the odds of abuse and homelessness, and is living his dreams today.
Owens had a humble response, saying:
“I don’t expect to be offered things,” he continued. “It would be lovely as one of the results of this, some doors open in terms of giving me the opportunity to audition. That, I would appreciate — always, as all actors do. I don’t necessarily feel comfortable being given things as a result of this.
He ain't no fool, either! He quickly added, “I like the idea of, you know, put me in the room with everyone else and see if I’m the right one for the job.” Well said, Geoffrey! Now stop playing and go get that J.O.B., playa.