Nicki Minaj is not happy with the “toxic” Internet right now.
After learning about former “The Cosby Show” star, Geoffrey Owens and his grocery gig at Trader Joe’s, Minaj called out trolls who “humiliating” Owens on Twitter and promised to donate $25,000 to him.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Minaj had fulfilled her promise. Owens, who has been fielding acting offers since the original story broke, has said he plans on donating the money on to a charity.
“I would like to give this donation of 25k to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman — who played Cosby’s father, Russell, on ‘The Cosby Show’ — who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home, (funded and run by the Actor’s Fund),” Owens told TMZ. “I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.”
Earlier this month, a woman spotted the former actor working a cash register at the grocery chain and took the story to The Daily Mail.
During a recent episode of Minaj’s Beats 1 “Queen Radio” show the rapper defended Owens: “My thing today is how toxic and disgusting the Internet is.”
She continued, “What the f**k made you take your little ugly stupid phone out, snap a pic and upload it to your funky Internet site. But, you know what, to God be the glory. That man is now getting so many opportunities.”
Minaj then revealed she had plans to donate money to Owens, “I personally want to donate $25K from ‘Queen Radio’ on behalf of Geoffrey Owens today. What is the fascination with our culture? This Instagram era, instant gratification era to continually humiliate people for no reason? What did you get by taking a picture of that man at the grocery store?”
Minaj isn’t the only celeb to speak out for Owens, in fact, Tyler Perry offered the 57-year-old a job.
“#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Perry exclaimed on Twitter. “I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”