Geoffrey Owens made headlines for being shamed for working what some deemed a ‘regular’ job when he was photographed bagging groceries at a California Trader Joes. After multiple celebrities stood up for the actor, he wanted to make it clear that no one should feel sorry for him.
The 57-year-old appeared on “Good Morning America” on September 4 after his photo was featured on the Daily Mail and Fox News where he was job shamed.
Owens explained how he reacted to the events that unfolded since then. He revealed that at first he was devastated but that didn’t last long once he caught wind of the support he was receiving online.
“The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long. It’s really overwhelming, in a good way. I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden … it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.”
Geoffrey then made a speech that should resonate with everyone about how no job is better than another.
FULL INTERVIEW: @GMA EXCLUSIVE — "There's no job better than another…every job is worthwhile…" Actor Geoffrey Owens speaks out, responding to job shaming and backlash after a photo of him working at a grocery store was posted online: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9 pic.twitter.com/aNiG5fV2yf
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 4, 2018
“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.”
He added that no one should feel sorry for him because he’s had an amazing career.
This surprising situation caught the attention of Tyler Perry who then took to Twitter to offer him a role on ‘The Have and The Have Nots” on the OWN Network.
“#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist,” the tweet read.
Geoffrey did mention that he didn’t want to land a role just for the attention he’s gained from this story. Do you think he’ll take the job?