Geoffrey Owens hasn't been able to get out of the headlines since he was job-shamed for working at Trader Joe's. But since then, Owens has been met with an outpouring of support.
Since he was outed for working at the grocery store chain, fans have rallied behind Owens assuring him that he's simply a hustler and schooling critics on what it's like to be in the entertainment industry.
Support has also come from fellow celebrities. One of the most notable gestures was from producer Tyler Perry.
Perry tweeted at Owens to not only offer his support, but to offer him a job.
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respec… https://t.co/zV1RpmRdew— Tyler Perry (@Tyler Perry)1536061707.0
And according to TMZ, Geoffrey Owens is now the newest cast member of Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots. He will appear in 10 episodes of the show.
But that's not all. Nicki Minaj recently spoke about the actor on her radio show, Queen Radio. During her show, she said,
"That man is now getting so many opportunities. I personally want to donate on behalf of Queen Radio $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens. You know why? Imma tell you something. This man is a whole f**king legend in these streets."
That's right, the rap goddess has decided to offer Owens 25 grand.
She talked to Entertainment Tonight to further explain her reasoning.
"Some people are on the internet and seeking attention, and he's just the antithesis of that. So I felt like, 'Oh my God, could you imagine?' We all have done jobs like that and I just thought, what if that were me? Or a family member and they were minding their own business, working to feed their family and somebody tried to humiliate them? I don't like the way that feels."
She continued, saying,
"Tell him that I'm going to have my team contact him because I hope he doesn't take it the wrong way. I just want to help him in any way I can."
Many fans are inspired by her generosity.
"I can’t wait for #QueenRadio this week. I’m giving #GeoffreyOwens a small token of our appreciation. We will NOT t… https://t.co/YTAt1U0GSW— chrs*vphr (@chrs*vphr)1536104723.0
Nicki Minaj just donated $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens on #QueenRadio— Queen❥ (@Queen❥)1536255205.0
Nicki said she's giving #GeoffreyOwens $25k. Her: "this man is a whole ass legend... I'm an actress first and forem… https://t.co/ZMDRMJrT9Q— The Latifah (@The Latifah)1536255289.0
Nicki Minaj donating $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens after just helping students pay off their school loans....the media… https://t.co/FJvCUxcCB8— 🤐 (@🤐)1536255774.0
@Beats1 @NICKIMINAJ When you have money, what’s the point if you can’t help others??? 🤷🏽♀️ Good work @NICKIMINAJ 👏🏾👏🏾— AB (@AB)1536270818.0
But others feel as though the gift isn't the right way to lend her support.
@ComplexMusic Yo but donating money to the man makes him sound like he is a charity.— Marcus (@Marcus)1536257129.0
@Beats1 @NICKIMINAJ Although this is a great gesture, I don’t believe he wants a hand out. He even stated he rathe… https://t.co/2WYKiSOofK— MDW (@MDW)1536272790.0
@awwwchris @NICKIMINAJ From what I saw of #Geoffreyowens on GMA interview, he's probably going to decline the donat… https://t.co/9HlJ5uRs0U— ウエイン チャン (@ウエイン チャン)1536323972.0
@ClatisC @CardiElectra @neverregetbein1 @KarenCivil @NICKIMINAJ Agreed. I really don’t think he needs “charity”, mu… https://t.co/HnvzAfn1Za— Anomaliame (@Anomaliame)1536271606.0
@CNN What?!? The man doesn’t want hand-outs smh. This is about as tone deaf as it gets.— Adultish Gambino (@Adultish Gambino)1536323089.0
@undergbastard @TheLatifah Exactly. He's already stated in an interview when Tyler Perry offered him a role in a sh… https://t.co/221iYVer4L— JB (@JB)1536290851.0
What do you think? Were Nicki's intentions noble or insensitive?