Beyonce has come under fire for using the voice of NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt’s voice, who was the public voice detailing the flight of the Challenger as it rose and then disintegrated, on the beginning of her song “XO.” The Challenger space shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after the launch of its tenth mission killing all seven of it’s crew.
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee, told ABC: “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. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.”
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing added: “This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. The choice is little different than 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.”
Beyonce responded to the controversy, saying:
“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.”
We’re sure Bey meant no harm.
Watch “XO,” below:
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Beyonce snatched the the Internet's whole entire lives when she dropped an visual album, December 14, with 14 tracks and 17 sexy new music videos (no, seriously, the album sold 80,000 copies in 3 hours!). Get a 30 second preview of the visuals everyone's buzzing about!
2. "Pretty Hurts"
No matter what people say, we love Queen Bey when she sings a song about flaws, even though we really don't think she has any. Like, at all.
Bey is serving Josephine Baker badness. Get into those finger waves, suga! We're not looking at the 1920s the same again.
We're still scratching our heads over this video. From the black drapey thing to the two Beyonces, this was a lot. We still love her anyway, though.
5. "Drunk In Love" featuring Jay Z
We know this is gonna bump on every radio station. Hopefully, it'll be still hot enough to bump on the beach. Yes, beach!
If we could rollerskate, we'd be playing this until we get our skills down. Just know that Beyonce's red lip will always be glossier than yours. Always.
7. "No Angel"
This video is pretty unexpected, from the gangsta grills to Bey's all-white 'fit. But, we live for her hair flips.
Joan Smalls. Chanel Iman. Bad chicks are the only ones allowed in Bey's world and we're waiting in line.
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Bey continues with her lace realness with this little gem. Ooop, is that a grill that we see peaking through those teeth?!
This video is definitely giving us a lot of skin. Literally. We want to land on a bed like Bey.
12. "Mine" featuring Drake
Queen Beyonce or Sister Beyonce? We're living for the regal white realness. She's so angelic.
Remember when she was at Coney Island over the summer and we didn't know why she was there? Oh, Bey, you're so clever. How did your hat not fall off on that rollercoaster, though?
14. "***Flawless" featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Even when Beyonce is gangsta, she's flawless. We especially love that fact that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was featured on this track.
15. "Superpower" featuring Frank Ocean
This definitely seems like a 'Girls' video sequel because it's giving the same apocalyptic war vibe. Sidenote: underboob!
We were in tears right along with Bey while watching this video. It goes from a happy moment many of us dream about to a sad one that's difficult to forget.
17. "Blue" featuring Blue Ivy
We've seen so many pictures of Blue, we sometimes forget that she probably, I don't know, speaks. This video blesses us with Blue's sweet little voice. Our ovaries are overloaded.