WORKING 1-2-3, Geoffrey Owens

The WSJ has finally done themselves proud and written an editorial on something that matters.  What a great piece! – I’m going to encapsulate it on these pages for the purposes of brevity but, for the most part, will represent it as written.

The piece details the story of Geoffrey Owens, who in his younger days played Bill Cosby’s son-in-law on “The Bill Cosby Show.”  Last week it was discovered that Owens was working bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in suburban New Jersey, and the job-shaming immediately began.  However, things reversed when he swallowed his pride and appeared on Good Morning America last week, wearing a Yale cap and his red Trader Joe’s badge.  Supporters started to out-number the shammers – for example, former NFL player and actor Terry Crews came forward to say that he had swept floors after the NFL and, if need be, he’d do it again – that there was nothing at all wrong with good, honest work.  The WSJ points out that this is a lesson for those who are inclined to speak contemptuously of “McJobs” or “dead end jobs.”  Owens explains that he’s had a great life and is doing what he wants to do.  Though some jobs may pay more or be more glamorous, no job is morally superior to another.  Though this story will soon pass, Owens said, “I hope what doesn’t pass is this rethinking of what it means to work, the honor of the working person and the dignity of work.” Bill Cosby has spent a lot of time during years past in trying to get this word out; it’s uncanny that it falls to his actor son-in-law to spread the word finally and sincerely.  Kudos to the Journal for following up on the story and our very best wishes to Geoffrey Owens for his fortitude in doing honest work, with dignity and courage.

WORKING 1-2-3, Geoffrey Owens

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