An actor that came to fame by way of his long-term supporting role on “The Cosby Show” recently made headlines for bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s. The conversation around the pictures as they surfaced on social media indicated that he must be humiliated for working as a clerk or that somehow bagging groceries was beneath him and other people like him. Then something wonderful happened: Instead of crawling under a rock in embarrassment, the actor responded to the job shaming saying that every job has worth and value and there was nothing wrong with the work he was doing to support his family. A job is a job, and no one should be made to feel bad for taking home an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.
The message resonated with people around the world and made for a nice feel-good story for a few days. Thousands of commentaries popped up on social media and blogs showing broad support for someone working at a less-than-glamorous job to pay the bills and take care of their family. Yet, back here on earth, millions of blue collar and skilled trade workers are looked down on for their work every single day.