Troubled kids wanted for reality TV

I found this casting call soliciting families with troubled kids.

Casting Families Struggling With Their Child’s Alarming Behavior: Financial Compensation is Offered :

Has your child ever demonstrated frightening or erratic behavior? Do you believe your child possesses a sixth sense or experiences paranormal activities? Has your child ever exhibited extreme violence without explanation or reason?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and your life is being impacted by your child’s abnormal behavior, we would like to hear your story.

This new documentary-style TV series will give families an opportunity to share their stories of parenting children who demonstrate disturbing, erratic, or violent behavior. Financial compensation of $1,200 will be offered to participating families.

Credit: Google Alerts

A few things strike me as disturbing:

I HOPE that we are looking at a situation where qualified mental health and behavioral professionals would be helping to assess such children.

Do you we really need the “paranormal” angle? It smacks of exploitation like the horrible “Psychic Kids” series. There is no justification for promoting paranormal activity except for ratings. And that’s more than a bit unethical.

What parent would want to put their kid out there as a “problem”? I understand the importance of sharing a story with others so perhaps they can benefit from seeing your struggle but why do this on a reality TV show?

Finally, we don’t need any more shit reality TV shows. They do more harm than provide entertainment value giving people and extremely warped sense of reality.

I can’t fathom what kind of person opt in for such a thing. Thoughts?

  5 comments for “Troubled kids wanted for reality TV

  1. KC3824
    June 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Sadly I think there are parents out there that will just see a dollar sign and never think about how bringing attention to their children for “violent behavior” will only encourage more of the same. I can’t imagine the producers of the show are hoping that the kids will be well-behaved on camera. We can all hope this never sees the light of day though.

  2. Adam C.
    June 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    God, can you imagine the stigma the poor kids with bad parents are going to face by such exposure? Unless the names, and, for tha matter, faces are really well-protected – which is questionable – you’rre setting up your child for major prejudice. And reality TV is likely to make the poor kids look even worse with editing for cheap drama. And the compensation is pitiful. Is this a hoax? I hope so.

  3. Dave
    June 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    This is fairly disturbing but I’m not sure it’s much more disturbing than Toddlers and Tiaras. There’s such garbage on TV these days. No, there was garbage on TV decades ago, but that garbage back then was practically cerebral compared to the ‘reality’ crap on now. Sadly, there are no shortage of parents who will try to get their kids on this show. More disappointing, I’m confident there are some parents even coaching their kids how to behave like they’re possessed or something.

  4. N Middleton
    June 16, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Look how long such truly awful shows like Jerry Springer, which spawned this particular genre of “reality” t.v., has lasted. Undoubtedly, this casting company will be swamped by people who care little about any negative effects being on the show will have on their children and will justify their actions by convincing themselves they’ll use the money to “help” the children (by buying that big screen tv they’ve always wanted).

  5. June 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I’ve never seen Toddlers and Tiaras, but there’s definitely a difference between baby pageants and this.

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