‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens doesn’t need sympathy after being spotted working at Trader Joe’s: ‘No one should feel sorry for me’

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Actor Geoffrey Owens was spotted working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s.
The actor went on “Good Morning America” to discuss the attention he’s received for his day job.
He said that while he was initially upset over negative reactions, the support from actors and fans has outweighed the bad.
He added that he doesn’t need sympathy from anyone.

Actor Geoffrey Owens doesn’t feel bad for working a day job and doesn’t need anyone’s sympathy.

The 57-year-old actor, known for starring on “The Cosby Show,” spoke with Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday about the attention he’s received for working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s.

“No one should feel sorry for me,” he said. “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.”

Photos of him bagging groceries went viral at the end of August after various publications, including The Daily Mail, shared them. He said he was initially upset by the shaming he received for holding a day job, but the support he received from other actors and fans outweighed the negative reactions.

“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 really overwhelming, in a good way…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.”

He added that it wasn’t the first time he’s been noticed in the 15 months he’s worked there. He also said he hopes that people stop looking …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Sony refuses to allow ‘Fortnite’ players on PS4 to play with other platforms: ‘Our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play’

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Microsoft and Sony directly compete in the video-game market, where the PlayStation 4 has a commanding lead over the Xbox One in hardware sales numbers.
Since last year, Microsoft has been pushing the concept of “cross-platform” play: the ability to play games like “Minecraft,” “Fortnite,” and more with friends on PC, smartphone, and even Nintendo’s Switch.
Sony refuses to allow games on the PlayStation 4 to work with games on Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Switch.
Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida reaffirmed that stance in a recent interview: “On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. ‘Fortnite,’ I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief.”

“Fortnite” is the biggest game in the world, and you can play it on pretty much any device that plays games — from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch to the Xbox One, and even on smartphones.

And, on most of those platforms, you can play the game with anyone else. Xbox One “Fortnite” players can play with Nintendo Switch, and iPhone, and PC (and vice versa).

There’s just one exception: Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Sony doesn’t allow PlayStation 4 “Fortnite” players to interact with players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, specifically because Microsoft and Nintendo are Sony’s competition in the video game space. And it sounds like that stance isn’t going to change, despite repeated calls from PS4 owners and game creators for Sony to open its platform.

“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida told the Press Association in an interview last week. “‘Fortnite’, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief.”

In the case of “Fortnite” on PlayStation 4, users are actually locked to …read more

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Here’s why more brands, like Nike with Colin Kaepernick, are openly liberal

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Nike will gain a lot more than it will lose from making Colin Kaepernick the face of an ad campaign.
Wading into politics can still alienate customers. What’s new is it can do a lot to attract them, too.
Most brands’ target consumer is younger and more liberal on social issues than the average voter — so political brands will tend to be liberal.

Michael Jordan probably never actually said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.” But that apocryphal quote reflects a common sentiment for consumer product marketers: Better to stay away from political controversies, so you can keep selling on both sides of the aisle.

Nike, which has drawn praise and criticism for placing Colin Kaepernick at the center of its “Just Do It” anniversary campaign, is not following the maxim.

Their choice — and the recent choices of other corporations to wade into political disputes, as with Delta’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent brushes with gun-rights activists — tell us something about new political incentives facing brands.

This isn’t “woke capital.” Companies are maximizing profits like they always did, but they’re responding to incentives that have shifted to encourage political participation by brands.

There is still a downside risk for brands that get political: They may alienate some of their customers. The people posting videos of themselves destroying their own bought-and-paid-for Nike sneakers may not buy new ones anytime soon.

What’s new is brands are seeing a major upside risk. As more consumers come to expect brands to reflect their moral and political values, a brand that takes a side on a controversial issue can strengthen its bond with a consumer segment, making them willing to buy more, or to buy at a higher price.

But there is an asymmetry: This mostly works if you …read more

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