Bad news for Beyoncé today as the diva extraordinaire comes under fire for a track featured on her latest project, the self-named visual album that surprised us all with a debut earlier this month.
Some folks over at NASA are taking issue with “XO”, one of the numbers on Beyoncé. The song samples audio from the January 28, 1986, disaster of the rocket Challenger, which broke apart 73 seconds after the launch of its tenth mission and killed all seven crew members aboard.
You’ll hear the offending audio right at the start of the song and its accompanying video. The robotic tones are of retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt on the day of the accident by announcing “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.”
Bey’s song has offended some of those close to the Challenger situation including the widow of the ship’s commander. June Scobee Rodgers tells ABC News she was “disappointed” upon hearing the clip as it brought back tough memories.
“The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues, and friends,” she says. “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.”
On December 30, Beyoncé released a statement addressing the matter. “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” it reads. “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.”
She adds that the audio was included “in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”
What do you make of the matter? Think it was a misstep on Bey’s part or a nice tribute? Share your thoughts in the comments below.