A Passionate Defense of Molly Malaney

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We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall.

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all.

-- Garth Brooks, "Standing Outside the Fire"

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Was The Bachelor finale staged?

Did Jason Mesnick always plan on choosing Molly Malaney as his wife, only to be told by ABC producers that maximum drama would be achieved if he first handed Melissa Rycroft the final rose, only to dump her on national TV for Molly?

We don't know. We'll likely never know.

But we do know this: Molly Malaney is a brave soul, one that followed her heart and is now waking up every morning next to the man she loves. How many people out there would give anything to say the same thing about themselves?

Our site has received record traffic and a record-number of comments following this week's roller coaster week of reality TV.

We appreciate it. We sincerely thank everyone that has taken the time to read the latest news on The Bachelor and share his/her opinion on such a stunning turn of events. Keep the responses coming!

Sometimes, though, members of our staff also feel the need to speak out. This is one of those times.

Go ahead and make fun of Molly's dress if you want, scoff at her behavior on the show if you wish... but many readers have referred to her as "weak" for not turning Jason down on the spot Monday night.

To paraphrase the popular country singer mentioned above: weak?!?

Is there no better example of strength than putting yourself out there, opening up, allowing your world to be shattered (in Molly's case, for the second time by the same man!) completely because something inside believes you've found your one true love?

It's easy to sit on our sofas and judge - but how many of us are doing so alone, regretting a missed opportunity where maybe, just maybe, our lives would have taken a happier, more complete turn if we'd chosen the difficult, less popular path?

That's what Molly did. Will it work out? That's not the point.

Years from now - whether she and Jason are attending Ty's college graduation together or broke up a long time ago - Molly should look back on this life-altering decision with pride. She stood firm. She followed her heart, even when every voice in her head may have been telling her not to.

We've never met Molly Malaney (and we wouldn't have worn that dress on the finale), but we admire her for taking a chance on something far more important than ratings or popularity: love.

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Melissa was not the one being nasty! Although she should and has every right to. Also it is just dumb to believe they were not in contact and that Molly was not scheming from day one to get him back. Either way it does not make a difference because they will not last. His sudden switch of feelings is a joke and once all this "fame" clears and the real world comes into play, they will be done. How funny, I feel like their limited number of supporters must treat people badly themselves condoning such behavior.

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Wow. I was a Molly fan. But after all this I cannot stand her!! Especially on the Ellen show..how insincere was her comments on feeling moments of sympathy for Melissa..what a fake!! Also how could she even compare what Jason did to her to what he did to Melissa. Everyone is right, what goes around does come around. Molly went on about Melissa being the one to hurt Jason and yadayada. Well what he did to her was classless and Molly is even more classless for not only letting herself be sloppy seconds but also for condoning Jason's behavior and saying she was proud of him. And anyone who feels the way I do, do not listen to the minority of comments who are defending them..there is nothing wrong with having morals and decency.

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Jason has said REPEATEDLY that NOTHING happened in the tent other than he kissed her. They did NOT get intimate! It was NOT humiliating for Melissa. She and Jason were already broken up and had been for quite some time! I think she herself is lying when she said that Jason contacted Molly. And if he did? So WHAT?! A phone call does not mean he was cheating as she nastily implied! He had FEELINGS for Molly, and if it had been reversed, I think he would have done the same thing and contacted Melissa (if, in fact, he even did contact Molly). I believe them when they say there was no contact...especially since she was going to agree to be the next Bachelorette. It would have been kind of hard for her to do that if she had been seeing Jason. Obviously, she was NOT! I did like Melissa, but I do not like her nasty, tasteless remarks toward Jason and Molly. She could have handled this with aplomb and class and she did NOT!

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Howdy fans! Im doing a radio show in Seattle on love and relationships! Please be involved, call, email or write! Love to hear from you! Love, Jason, Molly & TY
Jason S Mesnick
13426 NE 136th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 825-5834

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Great defense, I couldn't agree with you more! I don't understand the outrage. Engagement is the time to 'test the waters' to see if you are right for each other. So what if he didn't tell her 'who'? As far as I am concerned why bother staying in a relationship when the feelings aren't mutual? He is not blameless so is Mel. To Molly, I wish her the best ... and hope she and Jason will have their 'happily ever after'. If they don't, well, "it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all".

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I do not get all this Molly hate. I didn't favor either Molly or Melissa - I liked Jillian, but Jason seems incredibly happy with Molly and I sincerely wish them the best and hope they are together forever.

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I liked Molly's dress and she was beautiful in it! Liked this girl from the get go and still like her and Jason. I hope Molly and Jason's relationship can move beyond all the negitivity.

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What was wrong with Molly's dress. I loved the color. Actually I preferred her dress to Melissa's. I don't hold any ill feelings for Molly or Jason. And, as for Jason breaking up with Melissa on Primetime TV. I do not believe he had any control over the producers of the program, and further Melissa admits that they had broken up prior to the program so what did she expect when she agreed to appear on the Final Rose, Part II?

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Jason S Mesnick
13426 NE 136th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034
4258255834 Howdy fans of mine! I am doing a relationship radio show here in Seattle. I will talk about love, how to find it, keep it, marry it!!!! Please be part of the show! Thanks for all your support! Love Jason, Molly & Ty

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The whole Bachelor set up is nothing more than a polygamist compound... Melissa even said it herself on Ellen- when she commented how "one-sided" the concept is. You have 25 women competing for the affections of one guy. It's all about HIM trying to decide who is right for HIM.. So who cares which girl gets hurt?? It's a terrible idea. Compounding this ridiculous way to fall in love, you've got a guy who couldn't make up his mind who he fell in love with??? So OBVIOUSLY he shouldn't have made a decision with either of them. so that being said... this relationship is doomed anyway.

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