Job shaming, the pastime of confirmed assholes with a social circle presumably totaling zero actual people, became quite the discussion topic last September when a photo of actor Geoffrey Owens working at Trader Joe's landed on Twitter. I won't include the photo here, as that would only contribute to the shaming, but you most certainly know what I'm talking about.
Following that act of meanness at the hands of assholes, Owens—known for his work on The Cosby Show, Lucifer, and more—appeared on multiple talk shows and even bagged a 10-episode The Haves and the Have Nots gig by way of Tyler Perry. And if you were tuned in to Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards live from the Shrine in Los Angeles, you saw Owens again living his best life, job shamers be goddamned.
In the opening moments of the ceremony, Owens was among those chosen to give viewers their "I am an actor" story. After Mike Myers' shout-out to the Canadian government's encouragement of creatives, Owens—to much applause—told a condensed version of his tale. "So somewhere in the middle of the road of my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt," he said. "But instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at a local Trader Joe's to see if I could hang in there with my career. It's actually worked out pretty well."
Indeed it has. A quick perusal of Owens' recent IMDb page updates shows that the decades-strong performer has 2019 credits on the series On Becoming a God in Central Florida and Billions, as well as upcoming film roles in Fatale and Impossible Monsters.
The professional botherers at TMZ caught Owens for his thoughts on the evening:
Anyway, get the fuck out of here with the job shaming nonsense. Do better.