Backlash over 'job-shaming' of ex-'Cosby Show' star who is now packing groceries

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Geoffrey Owens (Credit: Getty)

Anger is brewing over press coverage of former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens, who was snapped last week packing groceries in a US supermarket.

Several outlets published the pictures, among them Fox News and the Daily Mail, saying that he was ‘spotted’ while doing his second job at a branch of Traders Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey.

The Mail quoted customer Karma Lawrence, who took the pictures, saying: “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 the outlets have come under fire for printing the pictures, accused of ‘shaming’ him for working in a supermarket, with a host of actors and other entertainment business figures praising Owens.

The New Yorker even wrote a piece about it…

Brooklyn-born Owens, who is the son of a former congressman and graduated with honours from Yale University, still works regularly as an actor, having recently appeared in episodes of Elementary, Lucifer, Blue Bloods and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

He also teaches Shakespeare in the New York and New Jersey areas.

Many including actor James Woods, compared Owens’ current situation to that of Cosby Show star and creator Bill Cosby, who faces jail after being found guilty of aggravated indecent assault in April, and has been accused of sexually assaulting women over decades.

Owens played Elvin Tibideaux in The Cosby Show, the Princeton medical student who eventually married Sondra Huxtable, for five seasons.

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