Against job-shaming: ‘Cosby’ actor reminds us of the dignity of work

After a decades-long career in film, theater, and education, actor Geoffrey Owens decided to take a part-time job as a cashier at Trader Joe’s.
When customers and news outlets began posting photos of the actor bagging groceries, the resulting comments included a mix of mockery and what Owens describes as “job-shaming.” Fortunately, according to Owens, “the shame part didn’t last very long.”
“It hurt…I was really devastated,” Owens explained on Good Morning America, “but the period of devastation was so short.”
Owens soon received countless messages of praise and celebration—many from fellow actors—encouraging him and affirming the value of his work. Continue Reading…
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