Recently, ex-Cosby Show cast member Geoffrey Owens was “outted” by The Daily Mail when he was observed working at a Trader Joe’s.
The article seemed to take a a measure of glee in noting how a star of a top-rated sitcom from 1985 to 1992 was now doing menial labour for about $11/hour at a supermarket located in Clifton, New Jersey.
In the end though, this hit-piece on Owens makes for a bad news/good news story.
The bad news is that The Daily Mail thought this was actually newsworthy to begin with but the good news was that the vast majority of commentators went to bat for Owens.
While this is supposedly “gotcha” journalism, there really is no “gotcha” moment.
What was the point in publishing this story other than to shame somebody who is actually deserving of praise?