For the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror assaults, psychic Theresa Caputo — in any other case often known as the “Lengthy Island Medium” — will search to bridge the celestial divide between the victims who died that day and their survivors.
However not everybody appreciates the non secular outreach, with some calling it “completely shameful” and suggesting it’s blatant exploitation.
Within the particular, titled “Lengthy Island Medium: In Reminiscence of 9/11” — premiering at 10 p.m. Sept. 9 on each TLC and Discovery+ — 54-year-old Caputo will join for readings with numerous visitors, together with the sister of a New York Metropolis fireplace captain who later misplaced one other brother to 9/11-related sickness; two daughters of a girl killed contained in the Pentagon; and the daughter of “Mud Girl” Marcy Borders, whose ash-covered picture circulated broadly within the media after the planes struck the World Commerce Middle towers.
After TLC launched a practically 3-minute lengthy, tear-jerking trailer, many viewers supplied their disdain.
“As soon as once more exploiting these poor determined relations mendacity to them into making them imagine she will communicate to the useless 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 abdomen.”
“It’s unhappy to make these poor households relive these items time and again,” commented a critic, with one other including, “She is definitely benefiting from the grief and ache of those that have misplaced family members. However hey, it makes for good television.”
“If this brings them consolation, it’s not exploitation,” supplied one supportive fan. “These individuals requested for her assist. God bless them. I hope they discover what they’re searching for.”
“Theresa Caputo visits the websites of the horrific assaults and meets with households of the departed to ship messages of therapeutic and heroism from the spirits of their family members,” reads a TLC press launch despatched Thursday, which provides that she is going to “use her present to convey peace to these most personally impacted by the assaults by assembly with them within the shadow of the World Commerce Middle, steps from the Pentagon, and on the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”
Within the preview video, Caputo is seated with a girl and tells her that her brother simply stated the phrases “final name” to her. The girl replies, “He made the final name earlier than the towers got here 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 navy — and tells them, “She says, ‘I simply need my ladies to know that I’m watching over you.’ “
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 individuals aboard, exhibits Caputo doing readings for different survivors. Caputo tells a girl her daughter speaks about writing issues that day. That mom then pulls out a diary through which her daughter wrote about dying in a aircraft. Caputo asks one other girl if she has a brother on the “different aspect” who handed away on 9/11. She tells the grieving girl that her sister was there to greet him.
“After assembly with Theresa I really feel like I’m born once more,” the girl says in a separate interview.
The preview additionally exhibits Caputo standing within the area on the Pennsylvania memorial.
“I can’t hear properly,” she says. “It’s nearly like this deafening, and I imagine that’s the souls defending me from what they went by means of,” as she begins to tear up.