How low can TV go?
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.