by G. Brown
Geoffrey Owens’ life has been like the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The actor saw the best of times when he was part of the cast on the top rated “Cosby” sitcom in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He saw the worst of times when a news network recently tried to shame the actor who had taken a job at grocery chain to make ends meet.
Social media had a meltdown as fans and other celebs stepped up to show support for
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) September 2, 2018
A special note for the few who are critical of this post, who insist that “we’re making it worse by spreading the story,” Geoffrey Owens contacted me directly to express his gratitude for the post and for all the positive responses.
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) September 2, 2018
“Geoffrey Owens still acts occasionally, works at Trader Joe’s, and ministers to others in need, setting a good example for people everywhere. What a great guy.” That’s what @FoxNews should have said. https://t.co/Q14ZkpotYQ
— Dayna Steele for US Congress TX36 (@daynasteele) September 1, 2018
Comedian, actor, radio host D.L. Hughley made the story the subject of his notes from the #GEDSection as he dropped some knowledge about FOX News’ attempt to shame “us now cause we working?”
Owens says he fell onto tough times after the Bill Cosby sexual abuse and rape scandal caused networks to pull the syndicated show from the air. That left a gaping hole in the budget of stars like Owens who depended on the residual money. Owens is quoted in Essence magazine saying “... it impacted me financially. At the time that the show was pulled, that did make a difference in our income,” he revealed. “That was one of the elements that led to my getting to the place where I said to myself, ‘I have to do something’ and I was thinking, ‘What can I do?’ and the answer ended up being Trader Joe’s, which is actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways. ”
Owens’ humility and strength helped him stay positive outlook during one of the toughest points in his life. Fortunately, movie director, TV show creator Tyler Perry saw the Owens story and reached out to him on social media. Perry signed Owens to a 10-episode role in his “The Have and the Have Nots” series which airs on Oprah’s OWN network. And the good news just keeps on coming…
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 6, 2018
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) September 6, 2018
The woman who first posted the photo of Owens on social media has apologized for her part in all this. Owens says he forgives her. He may even owe her a debt of gratitude. Perhaps she didn’t know that a news outlet would try to kick a man they thought was down. But down, doesn’t mean out.
Owens is the story of the American dream…one minute you can have it all, the next minute it’s all gone and then you find your way back to standing on firm ground. You may eat a little humble pie, take on a job you never thought you would need with a degree from Yale and as the son of a former Senator. Through it all, Owens kept his head held high. To paraphrase another line from that novel we quoted at the beginning, when there was only darkness, Owens was the light. At the worst time in his life, he showed the best of himself–now that is character.
Character…it’s a word that should hang over the entry to Fox News to remind them of something they’re missing.