To commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11th, TLC psychic Theresa Caputo plans to connect family members of deceased terror attack victims with the spiritual realm to help them heal, but critics have slammed the television event as exploitative.
On Thursday’s “Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11,” Caputo will do spiritual readings for guests including two daughters of a woman killed inside the Pentagon, the sister of a New York City fire captain, and the child of “Dust Lady” Marcy Borders.
TLC described the controversial special in a press release: “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.”
The statement describes how she will “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.”
In a preview, Caputo tells the children of the woman killed at the Pentagon that their mother is telling her, “I just want my girls to know that I am watching over you.“
“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 replier to the Instagram trailer. “Omgggg this makes me sick to my stomach.”
“She is certainly taking advantage of the grief and pain of those who have lost loved ones. But hey, it makes for good tv,” another snarked.
Caputo defended the special in a statement. “People didn’t know what happened to their loved ones — they weren’t able to recover their physical bodies, they wanted to know if they were afraid, if they knew what was happening,” she explained.
“To be able to give that peace and closure, and knowing that their loved ones’ souls are at peace was just such an honor. And you realize 20 years later, people absolutely still struggle.”