The Bachelorette Who Set Us Free

When Jen rejected all 25 suitors, it made a statement: We're not desperate

Judging by the level of outrage against reality-show contestant Jen Schefft, you'd think she'd had sex with an underage schoolboy or walked out on her husband and kids. "I hate her," read a post on "She deserves to die an old maid!" read another on America Online. Labeled "heartless," "insecure," "fake," "totally messed up" and a "spoiled, self-serving, gold-digging sorority chick," the event planner from Chicago didn't bother with doing the usual round of postshow interviews.

Her crime? On the season finale of ABC's The Bachelorette, in which Jen, 28, was expected to choose a man who might...

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