A number of celebrities took to Twitter over Labor Day weekend to commend Owens’ hard work, after Fox News and the Daily Mail reported that the 57-year-old actor had been spotted bagging groceries at a supermarket, a move many social media users viewed as a form of shaming.
Owens played Sondra Huxtable’s husband, Elvin, on the hit sitcom in the ’80s and ’90s. Owens has continued to act and most recently was featured in an episode of “Lucifer” in 2017.
A shopper spotted Owens at Trader Joe’s in Clifton, N.J., where workers make about $11 an hour. She told the Daily Mail she recognized Owens and took some photos, and later went to the internet to confirm that it was Owens.
Her photos made headlines, which left some people questioning why.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Terry Crews tweeted that an honest day’s work is “nothing to be ashamed of.”
The former professional athlete shared his own experience with finding work after leaving the National Football League: “I swept floors AFTER the @NFL. If need be, I’d do it again.”
“Quantico” actor Blair Underwood said he has “much respect” for Owens: “#NOSHAME in good, honest, hard work. He’s being a man in doing what he needs to do to provide for himself and his family.”