One member of the Australian Penguin Football Club, which is in Tasmania, posted a photograph on a public Facebook causing outrage.
In the photo, which has since been removed from social media, players Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain can be seen wearing tennis skirts and black wigs in addition to the black body paint plastered not only on their faces — but their entire bodies.
The celebration, which is known as Mad Monday, is a term widely used in Australia to refer to the traditional end-of-season festivities for football players.
Also in the photo was Beau Grundy, who dressed up as Kenyan-born Sydney Swans AFL player Aliir Aliir.
Shortly after the post was shared, many outraged social media users slammed the photo as racist.
“Some Australians still have no clue what is considered racist. This Mad Monday ‘costume’ is clearly racist. And I’m a person who is fed up with today’s over-the-top political correctness,” one user wrote.
The Penguin Football Club has since issued an apology stating, the costume “is unacceptable in this day and age.”
However, “it was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols.”
“Their actions were never intended to be racist in any way. Those concerned have been reprimanded and will be given support to make sure they understand that their behavior was racist and hurtful and that it will not happen again.”
“The players concerned have acknowledged that what they did was completely and utterly unacceptable and would like to apologize unreservedly for their lack of judgment.”
The football controversy comes just a week after an Australian newspaper published a cartoon drawing showing an exaggerated caricature of Williams stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier near her feet.
The drawing was an interpretation of William’s visible frustration during her U.S. Open match against Naomi Osaka, which she lost after getting into a verbal altercation with umpire Carols Ramos, who slammed Serena as a “thief.”
Despite the backlash surrounding the cartoon, which has been compared to the stereotypes seen in anti-black politic cartoons from the Jim Crow-era of America, the Herald Sun defended its choice to publish the offensive drawing.
“I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the U.S. Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” cartoonist Mark Knight wrote in the paper.
“The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behavior on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy.”
Damon Johnston, an editor for the Herald Sun also defended the cartoon.
“A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race. This was about a bad sport being mocked.”
If variety is the spice of life, then Georgia should appeal to many tastes — not too spicy, but definitely not bland.
A new report by financial website WalletHub takes a look at variety, in the form of diversity, in each of the 50 U.S. states. Since diversity is more than just race, WalletHub factored in religion, culture, politics and three other factors.
“ ‘Diversity’ is a term that is commonly used as a euphemism to mean representation of people of color,” said Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl, assistant professor of sociology at Manhattanville College in New York, “but diversity, in an inclusive sense, can mean representation of any number of important social identities such as race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability and more.”
Georgia scored best in “industry diversity,” ranking No. 5.
Industry diversity is a subcategory of economic diversity. WalletHub considered “the civilian employed population” 16 and older in the following industries:
The state’s lowest rank was No. 44, for “generational diversity,” a subcategory of household diversity. WalletHub weighted the score based on:
After all the numbers were tallied, Georgia finished at No. 13, with a score of 67.45 out of 100.
What does this mean?
According to Marcus M. Stuart, associate professor of management at Bentley University in Massachusetts, a more diverse state would, theoretically, have “a more diverse economy and a wider array of talent and skill sets among the labor force. Such factors would seem to support entrepreneurship and other social and economic innovation.”
There can be a downside to diversity, however, Stuart notes: “Theoretically, the cons include factors such as difficulty finding common ground with regard to social and economic priorities (policy) due to divergent values. Socio-economic diversity can strain public resources, bring attention to economic disparity, and foster discord among groups.”
Which state was determined to be most diverse? That was California, with a score of 70.89. At the bottom of the list was West Virginia, scoring just 58.29.
Find out where other states landed on the WalletHub ranking here.
Lively jingles and booming bells usually set the mood for movies unfolding against the backdrop of winter festivities, but writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s darkly comic examination of a shattered family in crisis at Christmas isn’t your typical holiday outing. So, it’s appropriate that Migos’ 2016 rap smash “Bad and Boujee” helped set the emotional tone for the film’s on-screen father-son duo.
“We bonded over a lot of hip-hop music,” Thomas Mann — who stars as the troubled son of Anders, a prematurely retired, recently divorced finance professional played by Ben Mendelsohn — tells EW of how he fostered a familial bond with the Australian actor. “Ben has this little portable speaker so he’d come to set with that in-hand and we’d dance around…. This was the era of ‘Bad and Boujee,’ and that was our go-to song.”
When the cameras rolled, however, the pair had to suck the fun out of those moments as Anders’ journey drifts deeper into questionable territory. While his relationship with his son frays, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen for kicks and courts women for mindless sex between relishing in the resentment he feels for his ex-wife’s (Edie Falco) newfound happiness on a rocky quest to find solace amid the bitter destruction of his life.
Still, “there was a kind of family dynamic going on on the set,” Mendelsohn remembers. “The good thing about Nicole being in charge of this family is, you kind of knew whenever the dinner conversation started going the wrong way, you were going to get put right back on track. I don’t think anyone gets the subtlety and the tone of people quite the way Nicole does and I just dig that flavor.”
Mann adds that there was “a lot of the time spent talking and hanging out” in Mendelsohn’s trailer, which sometimes meant “not talking hanging out in his trailer. But I think that’s more important when you’re with family members: You spend a lot of your time not talking to each other, but just being there together.”
Holofcener, here directing her first feature since 2013’s “Enough Said,” was attracted to adapting Ted Thompson’s novel of the same for its treatment of complex issues of kinship contrasted with an otherwise jovial setting.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has made her Ebony debut as one of the stars of the magazine’s October/November political issue, in which she discusses everything from U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) detainees to her highly-requested collard greens.
In an exclusive excerpt obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she reveals how motherhood influenced her decision to sign an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new ICE detainees following President Donald Trump’s policies that separated children from their parents at the Mexican border.
“Above everything else, I’m a mom, and to watch children being separated from their parents really made me give a lot of thought to what our role was from the city of Atlanta’s perspective,” she said. “...it’s a $7 million infusion into our general fund budget each year, so it is a significant stance that we’ve taken. But when it comes to families and our moral responsibility, I don’t think there’s a price tag that can be placed on that.”
The politician, who is joined by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on the cover, also talks about balancing her personal and work life and becoming the second black woman mayor of the Peach City.
“Atlanta is this city where I grew up, where you really could see and believe that you could do anything that you wanted to do, and there was nothing that would stop you as a woman or an African-American. Obviously, it’s important for the representation, for little girls especially, little Black girls all over this country. But it really is just about being a good mayor.”
When Bottoms isn’t making policy decisions for the city, she shared she’s often in the kitchen whipping up something for her family to eat. Her collard greens are her specialty. In fact, she plans to go head to head with North Carolina political leader Rev. Bishop Barber in a cook-off.
“I know I’m going to win!” she said.
The magazine hits stands later this month. In the meantime, learn more about the latest issue here.
One of the herpes lawsuits against Usher Raymond has been delayed, because of his “failure to cooperate,” according to a new report.
In a recent filing obtained by Bossip, Quantasia Sharpton said her lawsuit against the singer is lagging due to his “dilatory tactics and failure to cooperate in scheduling a mediation.”
Sharpton’s attorney, Jivaka Candappa, said Raymond’s lawyers have taken up to a week to respond to emails about scheduling mediation meetings, according to court documents. In one instance, he said the singer’s team didn’t respond at all.
Candappa also claims both parties missed the deadline to confirm the last mediation date offered, which was Oct. 31, because Raymond’s attorney took too long to procure the “necessary people” for his client.
Furthermore, Candappa accused Raymond’s lawyer of scheduling court dates without informing him beforehand and declining potential arbitrators to help settle the dispute.
Sharpton sued the star in 2017, listing multiple counts of negligence and infliction of emotional distress after she said she contracted the disease from Raymond.
A women, identified as Jane Doe, and a man, identified as John Doe, also filed a lawsuit against the artist last year for the same allegations, In April, metro Atlanta resident Laura Helm also took civil action against Raymond with the same claims.
Raymond has denied “each and every allegation” made against him.
The original Pink Trap House may be up for demolition, but 2 Chainz is reincarnating it as a haunted house this fall.
The Haunted Pink Trap, inspired by some of the most iconic scenes from urban classic films, will include three phases. In the first, guests will walk through a traditional haunted house. In the second, they will ward off zombies with custom artillery and, in the third, they must depend on sound and touch to complete a maze of rooms blindfolded. Attendees are able to opt out of any phase.
The attraction follows the holiday version of the Pink Trap and the original, which became a social media sensation last year after 2 Chainz flipped a rental, located at 1530 Howell Mill, to promote his album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” The owner plans to demolish the original home, according to a recent AJC report.
As for the Haunted Pink Trap House, its doors will open Sept. 21 and it will run through Nov. 11 at 13 Stories Haunted House, 329 Temple Ave., Newnan. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online. Priority entry tickets and limited edition merchandise are also available.
Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta's film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City's latest casting call for your chance at fame.
The Netflix sci-fi series follows the story of a widow (Aisha Wainwright) who raises her son Dion (Ja-Siah Young) after the death of her husband (Michael B. Jordan). Dion shows superhero-like abilities, and his mom must protect him from exploitation with the help of his best friend (Jason Ritter).
What are they looking for?
The following roles are being cast:
Pedestrians with cars – men and women who appear to be in their 20s-50s and have a bookable car/SUV that's not red, white or black
Creative interns – men and women who appear to be in their 20s-30s and have a Silicon Valley-type of look
When are they filming?
Filming is in Atlanta on Sept. 12.
How much does it pay?
Pay is $75 for eight hours.
How do I submit?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "PEDESTRIANS WITH CARS" or "CREATIVE INTERNS" in the subject line. Include a clear photo(s) of yourself with no filters or black and white photography and list your name, contact number and current sizes. If you're submitting for the pedestrians role, attach a photo of your car and include its year, make and model.
The next United States presidential election is a few years away, but Offset has already picked his nominee.
During an interview with TMZ, the Migos rapper was asked about Kim Kardashian and her prison reform efforts. Earlier this year, she helped free Alice Marie Johnson from prison after submitting a clemency plea to President Donald Trump.
The Atlanta artist expressed admiration for her work, because he said, “I been through it.”
He then endorsed the beauty mogul for president. “Kim for president, man ... She deserve to be president. Ain’t no other president doing that [expletive]. Got get them. Help them folks get out. And she helping black folks, so I [expletive] with that 10,000 times hard.”
Offset has had a lengthy history with the law. He’s been arrested several times for possession of marijuana and traffic and probation violations.
A Harper’s Bazaar party in New York turned bizarre Friday night as rival rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj apparently tangled at the Plaza Hotel, People reported.
The singers were attending the Harper’s Bazaar Icons fashion week bash, and the scuffle included hair-pulling and shoe throwing, The New York Post reported.
The two singers crossed paths while walking off the red carpet on a second-floor balcony at the event, the Post reported.
“It was bad,” a witness told the newspaper. “They were separated by security, but Cardi was still trying to get at her. She took of a giant red shoe and threw it at Nicki — who was being blocked up against a wall by a huge security guard.”
Cardi B posted on Instagram after the incident, implying that comments by Minaj about her newborn daughter is what sparked the scuffle.
The disturbance occurred while Christina Aguilera was performing inside the party, the Post reported. Guests included Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Gigi and Christie Brinkley, the newspaper reported.
Mac Miller was a beloved and popular rapper who grew up in Pittsburgh and had several chart-topping songs throughout his career.
Born Malcolm McCormick in Jan. 19,1992, Miller was raised in Point Breeze and graduated from Allderdice High School in 2010.
"We are deeply saddened to have learned about the tragic passing of 2010 Pittsburgh Allderdice alum Mac Miller. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," a release from Pittsburgh Public Schools said.
He started rapping when he was 14 years old and released his first mixtape “But My Mackin Ain't Easy” in 2007.
In 2010, he signed with Rostrum Records, the same label as Wiz Khalifa, another prominent local rapper.
The following year, Miller's song “Donald Trump” was released. It peaked at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard charts the following January and was certified platinum in 2013.
From 2016 to 2018 Miller dated pop star Ariana Grande, though the two publicly separated and she is now engaged to comedian Pete Davidson.
Earlier this year Miller was arrested after allegedly crashing into a telephone pole while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene with two passengers.
Miller was set to embark on a North American tour in October.
He died on Sept. 7 in San Fernando Valley, California of an apparent drug overdose.
Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame.
The Warner Bros. film stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”), Brie Larson (“Room”) and Jamie Foxx (“Baby Driver”), according to Variety. It’s based on the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” which tells the true story of a young lawyer (to be played by Jordan) fighting for equal justice.
What are they looking for?
Men and women age 18 and up are needed to portray townspeople in a scene set in the 1980s.
You should meet the following hair requirements:
When are they filming?
Filming will be in Atlanta on Sept. 8.
How much does it pay?
Pay is $75 for eight hours.
How do I submit?
Go here to apply: https://www.castingtaylormade.com/calender/9-8-2018.
Leolah Brown Muhammad, 54, wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way her brother’s life was portrayed on BET.
“THE FAKEST MOVIE I EVER SEEN!” Brown Muhammad wrote on Facebook Wednesday.
The first part of the series aired Tuesday and looks at the “Every Little Step” singer’s life, his marriage to late ex-wife Whitney Houston, his secret relationship with Janet Jackson and his romance with now-wife Alicia Etheredge who he married in 2012.
It the portrayal of Bobby’s wife that especially frustrated Brown Muhammad.
“THAT IS NOT ALICIA!” Brown Muhammad continued.
“Paleeeeeeeez! Spare me that laugh! Such a liar! I’m wondering what is the motive for all this? I read well though… and trust I’m not dumb! Listen, Alicia if you think for one minute that you are going to kill my brother and get away with it guess what? All I can say is you better stay prayed up!” Brown Muhammad continued.
Brown Muhammad also went on to say that Etheredge, who shares children Cassius and Bodhi with Brown, hasn’t been nice to Brown’s family.
“Bobby why did you let Alicia lie like that in that movie and say she welcomed your whole family into her life!!!???”
“And this (expletive) literally without a little exaggeration hates for absolutely no reason every single person that carries your blood!!!!??? Aaaaaaand she wouldn’t even allow you to give your own mother $17.00 (expletive) dollars to pay for your mothers medicine she needed at the (expletive) pharmacy?!” Brown Muhammad wrote.
“Are you kidding me! Hell no I’m not shutting up! You know this (expletive) turns her nose up at any and every (expletive) body that (expletive) knows you.”
“Family first!! Bobby why are you all lying for her!???? She’s evil! You are sleeping with the devil!” Brown Muhammad added.
“Yes she did hate her because EVERY SINGLE TIME She wanted to spend time with her father after her mother passed.. Alicia would not let it happen without her there!” Brown Muhammad said after a fan wrote, “This movie is full of s— Krissy hates Alicia.”
Bobby Brown did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.
Atlanta rapper Young Thug has been indicted on multiple drug charges stemming from a 2017 arrest in Brookhaven.
The artist, whose legal name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, is charged in the DeKalb County case along with co-defendants Cedric Jones and rapper Sergio “Gunna” Kitchens, according to online court records. Williams’ eight felony charges involve various kinds of drugs, records show.
He is accused of possessing methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana with the intent to distribute, as well as possession of amphetamine, a generic form of Xanax and codeine. He is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Young Thug, known professionally for an unconventional delivery and collaborations with big names like Gucci Mane, was arrested September 2017 during a traffic stop.
Brookhaven police pulled over a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Maybach on Clairmont Road after suspecting that its tint was too dark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. They arrested Young Thug, Gunna and Jones after allegedly finding the men with drugs and nearly $50,000 cash.
Jones was also accused of felony drug charges when indictments were handed down Aug. 30. Gunna, who is an artist on Young Thug’s YSL label, was accused of misdemeanor charges of window tint violation and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.
“I will do everything that is lawful and ethical to clear Mr. Williams of this false allegation,” said Brian Steel, Young Thug’s attorney, at the time of his arrest.
Young Thug, 27, was also arrested in 2016 at Lenox Square on a failure to appear warrant and in 2015 on accusations he threatened to shoot a Perimeter Mall security guard.
The three men are set to be arraigned in a DeKalb County court on Oct. 9.
BET’s miniseries “The Bobby Brown Story,” a biopic about the R&B superstar Bobby Brown, aired this week, revealing intimate details about his career and life, including little-known facts about his family.
While his tumultuous 14-year marriage to the late Whitney Houston has been well documented over the years, his union with his second wife Alicia Etheredge has been mostly kept out of the spotlight−until now.
Want to learn more about her? Here are five things you should know.
Brown and Etheredge met as teenagers.
The two met at a young age and became fast friends. He detailed the beginning of their relationship during an interview with Access Hollywood in 2012.
“We met many years ago, many years ago,” he said. “I believe I was about 18, and we were at a dance place, where people just go and work out their new moves … I met her there, and we became friends. We all hung out.”
She was a guest at Brown and Houston’s wedding.
The biopic revealed Etheredge attended Brown’s first nuptials in 1992. During a scene in the flick, she helped ease his nerves right before he walked down the aisle to say “I do” to Houston.
Etheredge works as Brown’s manager.
Brown asked Etheredge to manage him in 2008. Before joining his team, she had previously worked for music and sports stars, including Macy Gray and Magic Johnson, Brown once told Complex.
Mixing work and pleasure doesn’t come without its challenges. “There is always conflict at times that arises,” she told ABC News. “I think it’s just when the two overlap.”
Brown proposed to Etheredge during a concert performance
The artist popped the question while performing at the Funk Fest in Jacksonville, Florida, in May 2010. They wed two years later in June 2012 in a ceremony in Hawaii. They have two daughters and one son together.
Etheredge is among a family of business owners
Her sister, Kim Etheredge, is the co-founder of the hair product line Mixed Chicks. Her brother, Justin Etheredge, works in the film industry.
Just in time for the first day of the NFL season when the Atlanta Falcons will take on the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (8:20 p.m., NBC), two Atlanta rap veterans have a little reminder.
Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris updated their locally legendary “Welcome to Atlanta” song to pay tribute to the Dirty Birds as they kick off a campaign that might see them become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium (and hey, maybe they’ll even win it this time).
The 2001 song written by Dupri originally landed on his “Instructions” album, as well as on Ludacris’ “Word of Mouf” as a hidden track.
This Falcons-centric version nods to the shimmering Mercedes-Benz Stadium as well as the nostalgia of Fulton County Stadium and ‘70s/‘80s-era players William Andrews and Steve Bartkowski.
A parade of current Falcons including quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, tight end Austin Hooper, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, defensive ends Brooks Reed and Vic Beasley and cornerback Desmond Trufant all appear in the video, as does rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley (hey, kid, I drafted you on my fantasy team, so don’t let me down!).
Take a look...
Atlanta police arrested singer Ty Dolla $ign on drug charges Wednesday afternoon, less than two hours before he was set to co-headline a concert at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood.
Just before 5 p.m., the singer, whose legal name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., was stopped along with six others in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.
Officers said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and a search of the car uncovered marijuana and cocaine.
Ty Dolla $ign, 36, was arrested on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of cocaine and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. The other six were released without charges, Brown said.
A Fulton County judge granted the California resident $6,000 bond. As of noon Thursday, he was still being held at the county jail.
The singer’s attorney, Drew Findling, disputes the charges.
“He had no drugs on his person at all,” Findling told Channel 2 Action News. He said there were five others in the car, not six as police initially reported. “Apparently there was a small amount of some drug found in the car, and they let five people walk away. And they let the international superstar go into custody.”
His client has no prior criminal history, Findling said.
Ty Dolla $ign is currently on a national tour with G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert. The Atlanta leg of that tour continued Wednesday without Ty Dolla $ign. The next stop is Friday night in Tampa, Fla.
He is set to return to court in Fulton County on Sept. 20, Channel 2 reported.
It looks like”Cosby Show” alum Geoffrey Owens may have a few doors open to him in the entertainment business.
The actor was recently spotted bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.
The couple who spotted him posted the photo on the internet and it was picked up by Fox News and the Daily Mail.
Since then he has gotten support from fellows actors and others in the entertainment industry .
The sad case of “job shaming,” even caught the attention of Atlanta entertainment executive and actor Tyler Perry, who reached out to Owens on Twitter.
There’s much speculation about the “Avengers 4” storyline, including one that indicates Wakanda will have a huge presence in it.
The plot of the project has not been revealed. However, filming began in August 2017, and Twitter user Atlanta Filming said some of the planned reshoots include scenes of the fictional African nation Wakanda from the Atlanta-filmed flick“Black Panther.”
In a since deleted tweet, he wrote, “Based on the locations and the casting it looks like #Avengers4 will have a whole lot more #BlackPanther in it than #AvengersInfinityWar. So that's less a reshoot and more an addition of goodness.”
Production for “Avengers 4” has taken place in New York and Atlanta, and Chadwick Boseman, who plays Wakanda’s king Black Panther, is set to return for the sequel, according to IMDB.
Plus, the final moment of “Avengers: Infinity War” also points to more scenes of the country. After Thanos disintegrates half of the population of the universe, the surviving heroes, such as Wakanda’s M’Baku and Okoye, are left on the Wakandan battlefield.
Marvel has yet to confirm many details, but the marketing campaign for “Avengers 4” will likely begin at the end of 2018 with the announcement of the official title. The movie will hit theaters May 3, 2019.
In celebration of Beyoncé‘s 37th birthday, proud mom Tina Knowles Lawson dedicated a sweet shout-out to her daughter.
The grandmother of Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Carter, 64, shared a throwback photo of Queen Bey from when she was just 4 months old.
“Happy Birthday to the nicest, owner of the most beautiful, generous, loving hearts ever !!!! Brilliant too! Always thinking, planning, analyzing, strategizing, how you can make everything you touch better!” Knowles Lawson wrote on Instagram Monday, ahead of Beyoncé’s Sept. 4 birthday.
Last year, the singer, who is currently on performing with husband JAY-Z for their On the Run II tour, was surprised with a special tribute video.
Famous friends, including Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, got in formation by recreating Beyoncé’s iconic look from her “Formation” music video.
Former Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland also participated in the tribute, Knowles Lawson, mother-in-law Gloria Carter, and JAY-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z resume their On the Run II tour on Sept. 11 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Geoffrey Owens wants you to know he’s doing just fine.
Appearing on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, the “Cosby Show” alum opened up about the sudden influx of attention he’s received since the Daily Mail and Fox News published photos of him bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey last week.
Owens — who was proudly wearing his Trader Joe’s name tag — said he was “really devastated” at first — until celebrities and fans alike jumped to his defense on social media.
“The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read (them) … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long,” he said. “It’s amazing.”
“It’s really overwhelming, in a good way,” he continued. “I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden … it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.”
Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, said he first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” in order to stay in the entertainment business. (He’s been acting, teaching and directing for over 30 years.)
“People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it,” he said, adding that he had to quit over the attention.
Owens went on to say that he hopes his experience will reshape “what it means to work, the honor of the working person, (and) the dignity of work.”
“I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true,” he said. “There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”
“No one should feel sorry for me,” he added. “I’ve had a great life. I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I’m doing fine!”
And while Owens said there’s been “all kinds of interest” in the past few days, he “wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event.”
“I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened,” he said. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”
Owens played Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to 1992. He has since appeared on a number of shows, including “Divorce,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Built to Last.”
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