Beyonce Criticised for Using Audio Clip from 1986 Space Shuttle Disaster On New Song 'XO'
R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles is facing a lot of criticism for using the soundites from the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on one of the songs from her new album.
The song in question is "XO," which begins with the historic announcement of NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt that he made in the aftermatch of the infamous tragedy 27 years ago. His exact words -- which have been used in the controversial song --were: "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
June Scobee Rodgers, whose husband Dick Scobee was the Commander of the ill-fated spacecraft, told ABC News: "We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO.' The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends."
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing was also highly critical of Mrs. Carter's tune, adding: "This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme."
According to him, Queen Bey's sampling of the audio clip was like "taking Walter Cronkite's words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune."
After finding out that her song is causing emotional distress to those affected by the disaster, Beyonce swiftly moved to address the situation. She did not, however, offer an apology.
In her explanation, she added: "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.
"The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
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