Beyonce's Sample Of Challenger Explosion Sparks Controversy
In the song's opening clip, the audio from now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt is heard. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," he said as the broadcast of the Challenger exploding was seen on television.
All seven of the crew members aboard the Challenger were killed during liftoff. Former NASA employee Keith Cowing wants Beyoncé to take down the clip and apologize.
"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."
In a statement to ABC News this morning, Beyoncé explained why she decided to use the six-second audio clip but has yet to take it off her song. "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," she said. "The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten." more on this story
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