Ready for another exploitative reality show featuring kids? Reincarnated kids.

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Reincarnated Kids Needed For Reality Show.

The future of reality TV could be kids who think they’ve had past lives.

A Los Angeles production company is currently holding a nationwide casting call for children who claim to have, or have had, past life memories for a new reality series, “Ghost Inside My Child,” scheduled to air on the Bio Channel later this year.

A pilot episode of the series aired a few months ago, with three kids who had gone through various steps of recovering memories of their alleged past lives.

Now, producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina — who are married to each other — are looking for other families with kids who, as the request states, “have inexplicable memories and experiences of another life.”

The casting page has this:

PAST-LIFE memories are a very REAL occurrence. We are looking for TRUE STORIES that need to be shared, that will educate and inspire audiences about this amazing phenomenon.

Email us if you or someone you know would be right for this show.

No, its not. There is no good evidence for such a phenomena and, frankly, to exploit kids this way is disgusting. It could be worse than Psychic Kids.

I noticed the author of this piece used the phrase “reincarnated rugrats”. Inappropriate. Also, the clues to what is going on here are in the piece including suggestions that the kids are prepped, their parents are overly credulous and the kids may be encouraged by picking up clues in their environment and from other sources like conversations and old pictures. But producers only want the GOOD stories. It’s demeaning to the kids to suggest that the only reason their knowledge and vocabulary appears advanced is that they are a reincarnation.

The only redeeming bit about this report is that they asked DJ Grothe of the JREF to chime in.

“The people who lost a loved one have to re-experience the loss, are told outlandish claims about their loved one being alive again and stuck in the body of a child somewhere,” he said. “I think this is a crassest manipulation of belief and of the fear of death merely for the sake of reality TV ratings.”

The producers are undeterred and JUST this side of unethical. Yuck.

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  11 comments for “Ready for another exploitative reality show featuring kids? Reincarnated kids.

  1. March 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    The weird thing is, due to the nature of the subject, even the show’s pilot was a rerun. It’s deja vu all over again.

    I do feel sorry for the kids involved. Unfortunately, any kid whose parent allows them to be featured on the show can almost be considered a lost cause. They have been raised in an environment where critical thinking is unknown or even discouraged.

  2. oldebabe
    March 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Is this just a crude joke by Joke?

  3. March 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Just when you think “recovered memories” has become a thing of the past (no pun intended), they come back again. Creating these false memories in these kids will permanently change the course of their lives and could scar them forever. Disgusting.

  4. March 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    As with any show, who knows how much coaching, editing and acting is done behind the scenes to produce an …ugh… entertaining show.

  5. March 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is both infuriating and sad. You hit the nail on the head with “[F]rankly, to exploit kids this way is disgusting. It could be worse than Psychic Kids.”

    I loathe *any* TV show that exploits vulnerable people, but it’s especially infuriating when the vulnerable people in question are children.

  6. Aaron
    March 25, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I had to actually Google Bio Channel to find out that it’s short for Biography Channel. I was hoping this show would be canceled immediately, then noticed that this channel airs a show called “I Killed My BFF” and other tripe. It’s “sister networks” include the three Lifetime channels. I think this odd form of child abuse might have found a good home for a few seasons.

  7. Chris Howard
    March 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Every time I see this stuff it reminds me of the scene from Weird Al’s movie “UHF.”

    He and his employee are trying to create their stations line-up, and the shows they’re discussing are the worst, low-brow, and exploitative stuff imaginable.

    The comedy of yesteryear is the, serious, “reality” of today.

    The sad thing is that we’ve made such a fetish of “right to opinion” that the majority of people think that it’s rude to even question people’s “right” to believe, and subsequently allow their beliefs to create harmful content, like this.

  8. Brian
    March 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Next up: The past lives of Honey Boo Boo!

  9. March 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Catch an all new episode of ‘Druids on Parade’ and Conan the Librarian on BIO!

  10. Graham
    March 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    If J. F Carr & Jerry Pournelle are to be believed one of the factors behind the suicide of Sci-Fi author H. Beam Piper was his belief in not only in reincarnation, but that he could chose who he would be re-incarnated as. (If I actually believed in reincarnation I’d say he’s come back as David Weber…)

    The possibility of this show convincing a child that such an ‘escape hatch’ is possible is frightning.

  11. March 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    This is rather sad although it is a central belief in the rather fascinating Druze religion, which has well over half a million followers in the Middle East (Lebanon, Israel, Jordan & Syria). We need to realise that all television, including ‘News’, is just entertainment which has evolved to fill in the time between birth and death. We should not get too worked up about it.

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