‘Long Island Medium’ slammed for ‘shameful’ 9/11 anniversary special

For the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, psychic Theresa Caputo — in any other case referred to as the “Long Island Medium” — will search to bridge the celestial divide between the victims who died that day and their survivors.

But not everybody appreciates the non secular outreach, with some calling it “utterly shameful” and suggesting it’s blatant exploitation.

In the special, titled “Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11” — premiering at 10 p.m. Sept. 9 on each TLC and Discovery+ — 54-year-old Caputo will join for readings with quite a lot of visitors, together with the sister of a New York City fireplace captain who later misplaced one other brother to 9/11-related sickness; two daughters of a lady killed contained in the Pentagon; and the daughter of “Dust Lady” Marcy Borders, whose ash-covered picture circulated broadly within the media after the planes struck the World Trade Center towers.

"Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11" puts Theresa Caputo face-to-face with survivors of those who perished that day for readings.
“Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11” places Theresa Caputo face-to-face with survivors of those that perished that day for readings.

After TLC launched a nearly 3-minute long, tear-jerking trailer, many viewers provided their disdain.

“Once again exploiting these poor desperate family members lying to them into making them believe she can speak to the dead like COME ON PEOPLE!” wrote one seething critic after the clip was posted to TLC’s Instagram account, including, “omgggg this makes me sick to my stomach.”

“It’s sad to make these poor families relive this stuff over and over again,” commented a critic, with another adding, “She is certainly taking advantage of the grief and pain of those who have lost loved ones. But hey, it makes for good tv.”

Others, in the meantime, mentioned the teaser brought tears to their eyes and gave them “full body chills” and in any other case praised Caputo for making an attempt to assist.

“If this brings them comfort, it’s not exploitation,” offered one supportive fan. “These people asked for her help. God bless them. I hope they find what they’re looking for.”

Caputo does a reading for the daughter of "Dust Lady" Marcy Borders who died in 2015 of cancer.
Caputo does a studying for the daughter of “Dust Lady” Marcy Borders, who died of most cancers in 2015.
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The daughter of "Dust Lady" Marcy Borders tears up during her sit-down with Theresa Caputo.
The daughter of “Dust Lady” Marcy Borders tears up throughout her sit-down with Theresa Caputo.

“Theresa Caputo visits the sites of the horrific attacks and meets with families of the departed to deliver messages of healing and heroism from the spirits of their loved ones,” reads a TLC press launch despatched Thursday, which provides that she is going to “use her gift to bring peace to those most personally impacted by the attacks by meeting with them in the shadow of the World Trade Center, steps from the Pentagon, and at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”

Caputo conducts the readings near the sites of each attack, such as near the site of the former World Trade Center towers.
Caputo conducts the readings close to the websites of every assault, resembling close to the location of the previous World Trade Center towers.
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In the preview video, Caputo is seated with a lady and tells her that her brother simply mentioned the phrases “last call” to her. The girl replies, “He made the last call before the towers came down. It’s unbelievable.”

In a clip from close to the Pentagon, Caputo speaks to the 2 daughters — whose mom was killed whereas working for the army — and tells them, “She says, ‘I just want my girls to know that I am watching over you.’ “

Caputo also speaks with two women whose mother died in the Pentagon that day.
Caputo additionally speaks with two girls whose mom died within the Pentagon that day.
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A subsequent clip shot on the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, the place one of many planes crashed on 9/11 and killed all 44 folks aboard, exhibits Caputo doing readings for different survivors. Caputo tells a lady her daughter speaks about writing issues that day. That mom then pulls out a diary during which her daughter wrote about dying in a aircraft. Caputo asks one other girl if she has a brother on the “other side” who handed away on 9/11. She tells the grieving girl that her sister was there to greet him.

“After meeting with Theresa I feel like I am born again,” the girl says in a separate interview.

The preview additionally exhibits Caputo standing within the discipline on the Pennsylvania memorial.

“I can’t hear well,” she says. “It’s almost like this deafening, and I believe that’s the souls protecting me from what they went through,” as she begins to tear up.

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