People are angry over Fox News job-shaming former 'Cosby' actor for 'bagging groceries'

Before “The Cosby Show” ended in 1992, actor Geoffrey Owens played the character Elvin Tibideaux on NBC’s hit comedy series for five seasons. He’s continued working through the years as an actor but, as is the case in most creative industries, actors often do many other jobs to make ends meet. This is not news.

Owens was seen a few days ago working in a Clifton, New Jersey, Trader Joe’s by a shopper who recognized the actor, then was compelled to take a photo of him. The customer, Karma Lawrence, told the Daily Mail it made her feel bad that after all those years on “The Cosby Show,” Owens “ended up as a cashier.”

Fox News and Daily Mail chose to not only report this but also, in the view of many, basically shame a man for having a “regular” job and framing it with the negative connotation of “bagging groceries.”

People from all walks of life, across the political spectrum (including conservative actor James Woods and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch), came to Owens’ defense on social media, slamming Fox News and Daily Mail for the slants on their stories.

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THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 7 -- Pictured: Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (clockwise from left) Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable (center) Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable -- (Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (back row, l-r) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, (front row, l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable - (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux -- (Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (bottom) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, (middle row) (l-r) Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall, Joseph C. Phillips as Lt. Martin Kendall, Raven-Symon�as Olivia Kendall, (top row)(l-r) Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE COSBY SHOW -- 'Monster Man Huxtable' Episdoe 13 -- Air Date 01/08/1987 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Air Date 05/19/2009 -- Pictured: (front row, l-r) Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Earle Hyman, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (back row, l-r) Keisha Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone, Geoffrey Owens -- The cast of The Cosby Show reunite to talk about the series and the release of the 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition dvd set (Photo by Lisa Berg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER - 'Mirrors' - When Amy makes a surprise visit to Ricky's one morning, she meets his birth mother, Nora, for the first time, and Ben considers getting serious with Adrian, on an all-new episode of 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' entitled 'Mirrors,' premiering on Monday, April 4, (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT), on ABC Family. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC Family via Getty Images)GEOFFREY OWENS
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
THE COSBY SHOW -- 'The Birth: Part 1 & 2' Episode 6 & 7 -- Aired 11/10/88 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the press launch for FringeNYC 2012 at the New School for Drama on August 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Geoffrey Owens and Condola Rashad attend Broadway's 'Romeo & Juliet' closing night party at Butter on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LUCIFER: Guest star Geoffrey Owens in the 'Deceptive Little Parasite episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, May 8 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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Some also took note of the contrast between Owens’ situation and that of the star of the show that made him a celebrity, Bill Cosby, who faces sentencing later this month on felony convictions stemming from a sexual assault.

Owens, 57, graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1983 and regularly teaches Shakespeare in the New York and New Jersey area. He’s made appearances on shows such as “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “Lucifer” and “Elementary.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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