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Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues
Beyoncé recently released a new song that featured a clip from the Challenger space shuttle disaster in a new song, and the controversy has been stirring ever since.
Bey’s tune “XO” featured a sample of Steve Nesbitt, NASA’s former public affairs officer that was recorded just moments after the shuttles explosion in 1986. In the recording Nesbitt is heard saying, “"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," at the beginning of the singers track.
has been called “insensitive” for using the recording in her song by former NASA astronauts and their family. When the Challenger exploded shortly after its takeoff, all seven passengers died on board.
"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO',” June Scobee Rodgers told ABC news. The widow of a victim of the explosion, Dick Scobee, went on to say, "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends."
Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee, said that Beyoncé’s use of the recording is extremely inappropriate as the audio is historically solemn. “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," he said.
Since releasing the track, Beyoncé has released a statement apologizing to ABC news for any offence taken by her use of the sample.
In the statement she said:
"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.”