If you've been blissfully unaware of all the crap surrounding Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux in 'The Cosby Show', here's a quick summary of what happened.
Someone posted a picture of Owens, who was working a job in a retail chain in the US named Trader Joe's, and the image was picked up by the Daily Mail and Fox News and a few other outlets that were essentially driving a narrative of how far his star has fallen. Needless to say, pretty much everyone thought that was particularly scummy as who cares what someone does for a living? Is one job better than another?
Anyway, all the bru-ha-ha surrounding Owens saw him turn up on 'Good Morning America', where he quite rightly pointed out that his working in Trader Joe's was nothing to be ashamed of and that he certainly didn't need anyone's pity for having a job and doing work. After all, if people paid for art the way they're supposed to, it wouldn't be an issue.
So, after a few days of all this crap circulating the internet, Tyler Perry - who's created multiple soap operas and television series for Oprah's OWN Network - came forward with a job offer for one of his soaps.
#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
It's worth pointing out that Owens is still a working actor and his IMDb lists roles in the likes of 'The Blacklist', 'Blue Bloods' and 'Lucifer' all within 2017 so it's not as if he hasn't worked in years - it's just that acting in television roles isn't the huge money-spinner people think it is and like so many actors, taking a side job is just the nature of the beast.