I was so sad to see that bastards hurted her.
I know a lot of people love her but sometimes it's easier to tell someone you don't like him/her that telling your friends you love them.
I love her and NO it's no "ass kissing", I'm also fed up to read such things, people cannot understand that you can love and respect someone just because she/he is your friend!!!
Jess I <3 you and I know you have a lot of friends (online or in real life), I hope they will join the community and tell you they love you! ;)