I'm a Hester fan. I posted upthread about what I like about her and Garo. Her clothes are not "for me" as I am another 50-something viewer. But I can appreciate how fun they are and that they have a youthful appeal, would look great in magazines (editorial!), and are not boring. I'm glad she made the finals over Tessa, as a full collection of that would have bored me to tears. I loved Bishme, and I wish they had let all four go to the finals, but he didn't finish his collection and to me that was worse than his hoody-dress. So I certainly don't feel like she stole a spot from anyone. There have been designers in past Project Runways who I could not understand how they were advancing, figured it was for drama....but there's not really another designer that was cut that I think should be in Hester's place this season.
Lastly, in defense of Hester-she seems kind and has remained pretty positive throughout the process. I enjoy watching her. I think win or lose, she's done a great job exposing her brand to a lot people who might never have heard of her otherwise. I think she would take that Fashion mentorship and really do something with it.
So yes, all the Hester-hating hurts my heart, too.