Watch: Shamed for working at Trader Joe’s? ‘Cosby Show’ actor quit job, but he has the best response

· September 4, 2018  
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On “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning, actor Geoffrey Owens responded to all of the attention he received over Labor Day weekend for published photos showing him working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. Owens praised the dignity of work, saying “every job is worthwhile.”

The former “Cosby Show” actor said that at first he was “really devastated” at the articles, which many perceived as attempts to job-shame him. But after an outpouring of support from fans and fellow actors, he says he’s “doing fine.”

“I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me,” Owens said.

Owens told Good Morning America that he took the job at Trader Joe’s for “flexibility” as he continues to work in the entertainment industry. He worked there for 15 months, but has now quit because of the attention over this incident.

Owens hopes that the attention he received for working will help people rethink “what it means to work, the honor of the working person, and the dignity of work.”

“I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a re-evaluation of what it means to work and a re-evaluation of the idea that some jobs are better than others — because that’s actually not true,” he continued. “There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

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