Fox News Criticized for Report on Former ‘Cosby Show’ Actor Bagging Groceries

Geoffrey Owens was spotted working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s last weekend

Geoffrey Owens
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Fox News is being accused by many on social media of shaming former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owen after it reported he was spotted bagging groceries in a New Jersey Trader Joe’s.

The “Cosby Show” alum — who played Sondra Huxtable’s husband Elvin on the final five seasons of the hit sitcom from 1985 to 1992 — was captured on camera by a shopper at a Clifton, New Jersey market, and Fox ran with it. The outlet was criticized on social media for what many saw as a former actor just trying to make a living.

Owens’ reps and Fox News didn’t respond immediately to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“‘Geoffrey Owens still acts occasionally, works at Trader Joe’s, and ministers to others in need, setting a good example for people everywhere. What a great guy,’ That’s what @FoxNews should have said,” writes Texas Congressional candidate Dayna Steele.

The shopper who spotted Owens told the Daily Mail that she recognized Owens last Saturday night. “I was just in Trader Joe’s and I said to my wife, I said, ‘Wait a minute, that’s the guy from The Cosby Show,’” Karma Lawrence told the outlet.

Owens has continued to act since “The Cosby Show” ended, appearing in guest roles on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “That’s So Raven.” He most recently was featured in an episode of “Lucifer” in 2017. Others accused Fox News of being hypocrites because their on-air anchors are constantly talking about “economic anxiety” among older, working-class Americans.

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