- Photos of Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store went viral.
- Rapper Nicki Minaj says she wants to give the actor $25,000
Owens has received support from fans and other celebrities
After seeing Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store between acting gigs, Nicki Minaj says she wants to give him $25,000.
„I personally want to donate on behalf of Queen Radio $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens,“ Minaj said during her latest episode of Queen Radio on Beats 1. „You know why? Imma tell you something. This man is a whole … legend in these streets.“
Photos of Owens, 57, who is best known for playing Elvin Tibideaux on „The Cosby Show“ from 1985 to 1992, bagging groceries went viral after various publications, including The Daily Mail, shared them.
Owens took the position at Trader Joe’s in part because „In the past 26 years, I have hardly ever had an acting job that lasted more than 10 weeks,“ he told CNN.
Minaj also went after the two women who originally posted the photos of Owens working as a cashier.
„Why you want to embarrass this hard-working man?“ the rapper asked. „Y’all don’t know how difficult it is to keep getting jobs … and you want to put somebody up on the f—ing internet?“
In addition to Minaj’s donation, Owens has received support from fans and fellow celebrities.
Again, why is this news? When I worked on “Thirtysomething” I was also summarizing depositions to pay my rent. Why are you trying to humiliate this honorable, hardworking actor? Shame on you! #geoffreyowens – many great blessings are coming your way! https://t.co/8tgvW3iixr
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) September 2, 2018
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 4, 2018
— Yamaneika Saunders (@yamaneika) September 3, 2018
Producer Tyler Perry has even offered him work since the story went public and Owens has reportedly accepted.
#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.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
„Tell him that I’m going to have my team contact him because I hope he doesn’t take it the wrong way,“ Minaj told Entertainment Tonight. „I just want to help him in any way I can.“
Source: Business insider