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Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Letter to A&E re: Psychic Kids

Here's the letter I wrote as part of a campaign organized by the Skepchicks. If you want to join and contact them about this horrible, exploitative program, here's their deets:

Online: You can use the form here to send them an electronic message.

Phone: (212) 210-1340

A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

My two-cents:

I want to talk about the program "Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal". I would have to think quite hard to find another program that is as despicable as this particular show.

I do not understand how a network could, in good conscience, show children who, at best, have vivid imaginations and, at worst, have actual psychological problems, and subject them to people who indulge their fantasies. You, as a network, are responsible for putting delusional adults in a position of authority, in charge of "coaching" these kids so they can deal with their "powers", all for money and entertainment.

I want no part of this show and if the moral standing of your network allows children to be exploited by charlatans and insecure "communicators", then I want nothing more to do with A&E.

This show needs to be taken off the air immediately.

13 Barbaric Yawps:

At 15/11/10 9:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spend your time writing letters about REAL issues. I am sorry you cannot enjoy a show like Psychic Kids and can't bring yourself to believe that these are truly gifted children with concerned parents. If you actually watched the show you would see that these kids have all been to doctors and psychiatrists and education specialists and there is nothing physically wrong with them. They have a powerful gift that is not supported in this modern age.

At 15/11/10 9:50 am, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

Um, listen "anonymous", this is my blog so I'll write about whatever the hell I find interesting or annoying. If you don't like it, don't read it.

That said, I have had the misfortune to watch this crap show and I find children being taken advantage of on television a "REAL issue",so I chose to comment. These are not "gifted" children in the supernatural sense (if you have proof that they are, I'd love to see it...but you don't, do you?) and bringing in Chip Coffey to capitalize on them is disgusting.

How about instead of watching this shitty TV, you read a science book and learn something useful instead of being a voyeuristic, second-hand child abuser?

At 15/11/10 6:15 pm, Blogger Caltiki said...

Thanks for posting this. I contacted A&E through the link.

At 15/11/10 8:52 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

You're welcome, Caltiki, and thank you for writing A&E.

At 16/11/10 12:58 pm, Anonymous Yojimbo said...

Thanks Mike. I sent them my opinion, too. I'd have given them a piece of my mind, but I need all of it.

Anonymous is another good example of poor critical thinking. We need a new word - we have "illiteracy" and "innumeracy" to cover reading, writing, and number skills. We need something for not being able to think analytically.

At 25/11/10 3:44 pm, Blogger mikekoz68 said...

"a powerful gift that is not supported in this modern age" sounds like something that defies a rational explanation. Why doesn't this show pinpoint what these kids can do better than chance and contact the JREF? That would be a great season finale and the million bucks could pay for their college, or wouldthis be the series ending show after exposing the frauds that they are. See, this is a REAL issue, anonymous, its one thingfor adults to delude themselves and others - just leave the children alone!

At 1/1/11 3:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I want to ask those who are so negatively / ignorant to the show, and put their “EGO” to the side. Ive seen comments, which attempt to compare their own children, who use the words like monsters, and other imaginary names of visitors; and claim its the same thing, because its not. These kids are truly living in fear, and do you know why ? Its because they are forced to surpress & hide, from what they are truly experiencing, because of the ignorance of those who dont accept it.

And why dont they accept it ? Its because they are simply limited (and Im not saying imaginational wise). Since these comments are coming from those who say that they will not watch the show, well, then its also pretty obvious that these same people, will not & do not fair well with viewing all input & understanding, of anything.

The show, for one thing has a psychologist on it, whos training & input is on the money. And that these kids learned how to deal & overcome their fears…..and feel accepted, rather than pushed in the dirt of sadness. But I suppose what most like to keep doing is ignoring & oh yeah – Throwing these poor kids on medications, and alter who they are physically & mentally.

Take a good look around, & see many of these celebrates, who have come out to tell their experiences. Many of them do not need anymore popularity or acceptance, then they already have. Some of the personal experiences started at a young age for some, & until later on in life, their voice was believed now coming from an adult. The rest at times, are others who never believed in such things, until they witnessed their own experiences, & never went back.

So, just like always, those who play it tuff, will sooner or later wake up “hard”, because its just not their time “yet”. Oh Yeah, & as far at those who like to throw the Bible in there, heres this. 75% of what Jesus proformed was exorcisms, & leading those into the light. Heres something else….

(See Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 9:37-43)
Jesus, Peter, James and John came down from the mountain and were met by a man who pleaded with Jesus to remove the demon from his son. The disciples at the base of the mountain had tried to cast out the demon, but could not. Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. When His disciples asked Him why they could not cast out the demon, He said to them “This kind can come out only through prayer.” And the Bible clearly talks of the power of decernment, & to question not some, but”all spirit”. To find out if it is demonic or not. And sending all into the light of God, is not an evil thing, but the right thing!!

Now, why did I post that ? Its again, for those with real belief, to understand something, & that is the power of Faith & Prayer. So ask yourselves something…how can a child have Faith, when their valid Fears & needs are pushed away, by those who should be there ? So if anyones asking where my opinion is coming from, well here it is. Its because Im 45 now, & know what gifts I had growing up, & still do. Which I kept away from certain others because they wouldnt have been able to handle it, if I shared.

So, if fore seeing someone having cancer before they know,& saying something, so that they are healed in time. Or fore warning of an unseen Earthquate, a day in advance, to save ones life; well then you've got me.

So if you cant handle it, I guess its not for you, but dont stay "IGNORANT" TO THE FACT IT EXISTS !!

At 2/1/11 5:28 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

"The show, for one thing has a psychologist on it, whos (sic) training & input is on the money."

Really? It's "on the money", is it? Your standards are seemingly lower than mine, which is fine, but it needs to be pointed out for clarity's sake.

"Take a good look around, & see many of these celebrates (sic), who have come out to tell their experiences."

Someone being a celebrity because of their acting, singing, or dancing means nothing when it comes to validating their supposed "supernatural" experiences. Find a scientific celebrity who knows how to evaluate evidence and then come talk to me, ok? Ok.

"Now, why did I post that ? Its (sic) again, for those with real belief, to understand something, & that is the power of Faith & Prayer."

As I understand, "real belief" is a hindrance to progress and true comprehension of a phenomenon. These children may have psychic power (I doubt it, but it's a possibility), but they also might be delusional, mentally ill, or just imaginative. To declare that they are psychic and then "help develop their 'gift'" on national television without proper testing and evaluation is irresponsible and despicable.

If you think differently, then so be it and don't write to A&E. If you feel the need to comment further, get your own blog.

At 20/4/11 7:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. Translated into if you don't agree with me... then bugger off. Who has a big ego here.?

At 20/4/11 10:22 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

Yeah, basically. That's not ego, it's recognizing the pointlessness of arguing on the internet with people who have opposite opinions. Thanks for reading, but if you don't agree, great - enjoy all the other sites in the world.

At 20/9/14 7:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you complain about a show that helps so many children? I think you're a busy body and should mind your own business! people like you think you know everything worry about your own damn children and nevermind worrying about others!!!chip Coffey would never do anything to hurt a child or jeopardize the psyche of a child your just a busy body!!!!

At 20/9/14 7:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for your well written letter

At 21/9/14 10:20 am, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

"Busy body". Hm. Ok, so seeing people take advantage of children and writing a letter is being a "busy body", is it?

If you have any proof whatsoever, or know of a place where any proof whatsoever is hiding, I'd love to check it out. It's funny, whenever some person pokes their head out to bitch at me for being skeptical of ghosts or homeopathy or some assnut claiming to talk to dead people, not one of them ever talks about proof.

Show me a picture or a video of a ghost. Everyone has a goddamn camera/video recorder in their pocket now and STILL there's no remotely convincing pictures or videos of what you claim is a reality.

You say that people like me claim to know everything - well I say that YOU need to stop acting like make believe shit is real until you can show that it is and, until then, bugger off.

Oh, and leave kids alone with your stupid nonsense.


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