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SO… it aired live last night, in all its cheesy splendor: The final episodes of this season’s The Bachelor. I’m usually not one to watch a ton of reality TV, but this season’s Bachelor seemed to have gotten a raw deal on last season’s Bachelorette, so I wanted to see what he was made of. Turns out (if the entire thing wasn’t staged) that he’s a run-of-the-mill jerk, choosing to humiliate a woman in front of millions. To recap:

50 roses later, single dad Jason Mesnick dismissed runner-up Molly Malaney and proposed to Dallas sales rep Melissa Rycroft. THEN, the “Reunion Show” (six weeks later in real-time), where Jasonbackpedaledand told Melissa that he wasn’t that into her, and that he still had feelings for Molly. (You keeping up with this?). Mellisa (tryingdesperatelyto salvage what was left of her ego) called him a bastard and left the stage. Now, this would be bad enough, in that Jason didn’t even have the decency to call things off before humiliating Melissa in front of millions… no. Molly is then trotted out on stage as the lady du jour, where Jason proclaims his love, and then they make out.

Huh? Did I miss something? His dead engagement to Melissa wasn’t even cold yet, and they’re groping. Sheesh… no class. But, that’s not where this ends for me.

FIRSTLY… let me acknowledge that being on any of these reality shows opens contestants/people up to blind judgement andscrutiny. The producers and directors are tasked with ratings, and for that reason alone these shows are edited HEAVILY, showing the audience the parts that will create the most discussion,controversyand online/offline conversation. If, based on what I’ve been exposed to, I’m toojudgmental, uninformed, or ill-advised, my apologies. That said…….

SECONDLY… Granted, Jason is a classic man-pig/piece of work. But the only one with self-esteem on the show seemed to be Melissa, showing it by walking off the stage. The real issue for me is that Molly TOOK HIM BACK, showing herself as the poster child for trying to fix the wrong guy. Where can I send her a complementary copy of The Problem with Women… is Men?

Charles Orlando is a life coach and the author of The Problem with Women… is Men: The Evolution of a Man’s Man to a M.... When he’s not cooking his wife breakfast-in-bed or playing Guitar Hero with his kids, he can be found blogging at

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Comment by T. Suzanne Eller on March 4, 2009 at 7:41am
The whole concept of trying to win a guy while he's made out with five other girls in the last two days is humiliating enough for women. But I, too, thought he might be different.

There isn't enough money in the world, contractual obligation or otherwise, to make a person humiliate someone in front of millions of viewers by breaking up with them. Surprise! It's wrong on so many levels.

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