It was a shock to see him working there and looking the way he did. "I'm doing fine!" Damn right.
The coverage prompted swift backlash, with many of Owens's fellow actors sharing their own experiences of taking on jobs to make ends meet between acting roles. Justine Bateman, who also found fame as a sitcom actress in the 1980s when she starred in Family Ties, took to Twitter to express her views. He also teaches Shakespeare in the NY and New Jersey area.
Blair Underwood also shared his thoughts, commending Owens for doing "good, honest work".
Several actors took to social media to defend Owens.
After the NFL, Terry Crews swept floors and said he'd do it again. "I've had a career that most actors would die for".
After the interview was broadcast on Tuesday, Tyler Perry tweeted the apparent job offer to Owens, urging him to turn up for the start of filming of the latest season of a TV series that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Owens did not respond to requests for comment, but he thanked supporters on Instagram, posting, "There's no shame in hard work". Appearing on Good Morning America on September 4, the actor explained his initial reaction to the leaked photos.
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The details in the story were just as insulting: "Wearing an ID badge bearing his name, the former star wore a Trader Joe's T-shirt with stain marks on the front as he weighed a bag of potatoes".
The actor worked at the supermarket chain for 15 months before quitting in light of the recent publicity surrounding his day job.
In his interview with Robin Roberts, Owens said that the pictures and headlines did sting, but that the shaming period didn't last long because of the tremendous round of support he was shown as soon as the pictures went viral.
"It's really overwhelming in a good way". He quipped that he now feels more like a "celebrity" than ever before. "I really want to thank everybody out there: family, friends, Hollywood community and the general public for the incredible support, the fantastic support and positivity that they've shown for me".
"You're shaming a black man for doing a job, providing for his family, providing for himself, I don't think that's right", said Samantha Cordova of Kearney. 'It may pay better, it may have better benefits, it may look better on paper. But, actually, it's not better. But he stressed that "every job is worthwhile and valuable", adding that what's important is the honor of the working person and the dignity of the work.
"No one should feel sorry for me", he said.
Geoffrey Owens is speaking out in the aftermath of a news article that shamed him for working at Trader Joe's.