Still Think Honesty Doesn’t Matter?

Jermaine Jones, also known as the Gentle Giant, on American Idol was booted off the show because he had four warrants out for his arrest. Apparently, he did not disclose this information or the incidences that led to these charges.  In this video clip below, the producers say that they would have worked with him to clear up his record had he been honest, but because he was not honest, they had to let him go.

While I do not approve of the public way they outed Jermaine on public television without any warning and the fact that they didn’t talk to him more about these matters before making their final decision, this needs to be another reminder that whenever you lie or try to cover something up, it usually comes back to bite you.  In this case, his shot at becoming the next American Idol was lost.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=arGTP9irVus&feature=endscreen

Discussion Questions:
1) What kind of advice do you think Jermaine would give to someone else in his shoes?
2) Do you think that you would have disclosed these warrants for your arrest? Would you have discussed it with people on the show and asked for assistance?
3) Have there been times in your life when you lied about something and it hurt you in the long run?
4) What is your opinion about how the executives at American Idol handled this issue? What would you have done differently if you were in their shoes?

Comments 27

  1. 1. To always be honest if your not honest then you will receive the consequences.
    2. I would have asked for assistance because if I wanted to make peoples dreams come true and be there inspiration or idol I would need to get help myself .
    3. Yes One time I lied on something that depended on my grade so my grade went down.
    4. If I were them I would find a way to help him out or give him another try to come clean.

    1. 1. That it’s always better to be honest. No matter what the situation is. Your consequences won’t be as bad if you tell the truth.
      2. I would have asked for assistance for others will see that I’m trying to change.
      3. Yes I have.
      5. I would have gave in another chance. I would handled it way better they did.

  2. 1. never try to cover up something that can affect you later in life.
    2. yes i would disclosed those warrants because I need to become the next american idol. I would have discussed it with the people because I thought that I would be able to become an idol.
    3. Yes because i have lied about taking a book from my school, J. C Stuart. It hurt me for a lot of years, i took it in 4th grade and i still have the book but i guess i will return it one day.
    4. i think that they should have at least talk to him/her and try to solve it in way manner or just talk it out.

  3. I think if Jermaine gave anybody else advice it would be bad because what he did did not work out so i think he should not give other people advice. I would not disclosed this in front of the people because i do not want people too know that i am a bad person. Yes there is times when i lied and it backfired in my face so that is true. If i were in there shoes i would try to help him but i would be so shocked so i would not know.

  4. 1.) If I was Jermaine I would of said to them, Honesty is the right policy, so there’s no need to lie unless you want to fail like me.
    2.) No. Because I don’t want to discuss my personal information with people on a show.
    3.) Yes. I’ve lied about when I told my parents I did all my homework and I didn’t and it effected my grade.
    4.)I’ve would of done the same because I don’t want people that have been arrested on my show.

  5. 1- Try not to cover up everything that you did wrong, if you did something wrong, always give in, lying causes the most damage.
    2- Yes I would discuss the warrants with others on the show and disclose the warrants because if I were completely lying, I would be in jail, so it would be a good risk to at least discuss about the warrants without trying to lie or get another warrant.
    3- I lied to my dad about getting a good test score, and he later found out it was a C instead of an A. It hit me in the long run because I knew he would find out about the test score sooner or later.
    4- If I were in their shoes, I would do the exact same thing because if he isn’t honest he should be taken off of the show, no exceptions basically because he has warrants and never should of been trusted.

  6. 1.The advice that she took was to clear up the record of a boy being honest.

    2. I would discussed the arrest of the story.

    3. I lied to my parents about taking candy from home and got my tablet taken from me.

    4.If someone lost their shoes I would help them find them and give it to him.

  7. Do not cover up anything
    Be honest you may not have to do the conquences
    I told my mom i hadan A but i had C and i got in trouble later
    I would do the same thing

  8. 1. Be honest or you will get in trouble.
    2.Yes I would ask for assistance cause I need help.
    3.Yes there has been a problem and it blew up in my face.
    4. I would try to give him another chance.

  9. 1. I would say to someone else is to tell the truth because either way they will find out and its the right thing to do.
    2. I would ask for help because I want to do that and if it means telling the truth I will do that, and I would want all the help I can get.
    3. Yes there was and it hurt me because I couldn’t go out with my friend that day.
    4. My opoion is that is that they handeled it well. Also I would react the same because he/she should of said something before and my show can get bad ratings.

  10. 1.) i think he would say to always be honest in every situation, even if you’re in the worst situation.
    2.) No, because I wouldn’t want to tell people something they have no business knowing. It’s my personal information right?
    3.) Yes. It was when I had a paper that I didnt finish and I cheated and copied the real thing on to my paper and i had gotten a zero for that assignment.
    4.) My opinion is that they should of atleast tried to give him one more chance but if he lied again then i would do what they did. If I were them i would give him another chance or atleast make something work between me and him.

  11. 1.) I think Germane would tell someone in his own shoes to always be even if it will lead to embarrassment and even in the worst situation.
    2.) I would have discussed my warrants and tried to ask for help because I would not want to go to jail and I would not want my reputation to be stained.
    3.) No there has never been a time where i lied about something and it hurt me in the long run.
    4.) I would have handled the situation differently because everyone deserves a second chance

  12. 1. I think Germane should have told the truth
    2. yes i would disclosed those warrants because I need to become the next american idol. I would have discussed it with the people because I thought that I would be able to become an idol.
    3. Yes. I’ve lied about when I told my parents I did all my homework and I didn’t and it effected my grade.
    4. My opinion is that they should have game him a chance

  13. 1. He can tell them to be honest and try to work out their problems, instead of lying and making the situation worst.
    2. No i would’ve got a lawyer to help me work out my issues.
    3. No but i will try not make sure it won’t happen.
    4. I feel as though the way they handled the situation was unprofessional and that they could handle it more seriously.

  14. 1. Some advice that he could give to someone in his shoes could be always be honest no matter how bad the situation because it could hurt you later on.
    2. Yes, I would have disclosed these warranties. I also would have discussed it with people on the show and ask for assistance because I wouldn’t want to lose a great opportunity.
    3. Yes I have lied about something and it hurt me later on. I had a test in school and my mom asked me several times did I study. said yes and I ended up failing the test because I didn’t study and it affected my grade.
    4. I would have done the same things that the executives did. I wouldn’t want some one how is dishonest and cant be trusted on our show.

  15. 1. Some advice that he could give to someone in his shoes could be always be honest no matter how bad the situation because it could hurt you later on.
    2. Yes, I would have disclosed these warranties. I also would have discussed it with people on the show and ask for assistance because I wouldn’t want to lose a great opportunity and ruin my reputation.
    3. Yes I have lied about something and it hurt me later on. I had a test in school and my mom asked me several times did I study. said yes and I ended up failing the test because I didn’t study and it affected my grade.
    4. I would have done the same things that the executives did. I wouldn’t want some one who is dishonest and cant be trusted on our show.

  16. 1. Be Honest on everything you do, even the little things.
    2. I would not disclose that information if that was me. Its my business and I don’t want that information to be out there and i would not talk to people on that show about it.
    3. Yes I have lied before. I lied when I told my mom I did not find the Christmas Gifts. I found them and she said she is not going to wrap mines and that just takes the fun out of gifts without the wrapping because she knows I love guessing the gift before opening.
    4. I would have done the same to be honest. Why should I let you be an American Idol if you are a liar and have all these fines.

  17. 1. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, no matter the consequence.
    2. I would have told them because it is vital information about my life that I think everyone should know. If I want to be people’s idols, I have to fix my own problems first.
    3. yes, not anything too serious. It was just about an argument I had with my brother of who did what. We ended up both getting in trouble.
    4. I feel like they should have discussed it with him before any large changes. If I was in their shoes I would have at least discussed it with them and tried to help them.

  18. 1. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, no matter the consequence.
    2. I would have told them because it is vital information about my life that I think everyone should know. If I want to be people’s idols, I have to fix my own problems first.
    3. yes, not anything too serious. It was just about an argument I had with my brother of who did what. We ended up both getting in trouble.
    4. I feel like they should have discussed it with him before any large changes. If I was in their shoes I would have at least discussed it with them and tried to help them.

  19. 1. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, no matter the consequence.
    2. I would have told them because it is vital information about my life that I think everyone should know. If I want to be people’s idols, I have to fix my own problems first.
    3. yes, not anything too serious. It was just about an argument I had with my brother of who did what. We ended up both getting in trouble.
    4. I feel like they should have discussed it with him before any large changes. If I was in their shoes I would have at least discussed it with them and tried to help them.

  20. 1) To make sure they are honest about anything, no matter how big or small the consequence is.
    2) Yes, because this is a serious problem that needs to be talked about. Yes, because they would most likely rather have an honest idol than one that hides everything about themselves.
    3) No, I have not made a lie that made me hurt in the long run.
    4) I believe they should have asked him if he wanted talk about it before any drastic changes took place.

  21. 1- Honesty is very important
    2- yes, I think it would take pressure off of the guilt
    3- yes, it was hard
    4- i would try not to do it in th first place

  22. 1) I would say that is important to come out with the truth no matter what.
    2) I don’t think that I would have, I don’t think that it really mattered to people on a TV show.
    3) No
    4) If I were a producer on this show, I probably would have asked the participant about it beforehand, but I wouldn’t have made a big deal about it

  23. 1. I think he would tell them that they should tell the truth so they don’t end up like he did.
    2. Yes, I would have asked for help from the people so they could help me get through it.
    3. Yes, because everything always comes around to come back and get you.
    4. I think they should have asked or talked to him about them but not make it a big deal to the public.

  24. 1. I think he should tell the truth no matter what happens.
    2. Yes, I would have asked some people I know.
    3. Yes, cause it will come back to you
    4. They should have asked him and talk about it.

  25. 1. The advice that Jermaine would give is “Always be honest to your peers”
    2. Yes I would have disclosed those warrants for my arrest and yes I would talk to the peoples on the show for assistance
    3. No
    4. No

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