Although Beyonce is probably in seventh heaven with the success of her new album, there is a dark lining. The song ‘XO’ is getting a lot of flak as it uses audio from the tragic Challenger space shuttle explosion that blew up 72 seconds after blast off.
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Beyoncé is being labeled "insensitive" by NASA, many astronauts and their families
The sound of NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," is still etched on many minds.
So when the same audio is heard 27 years later, it opened up old wounds and refreshed painful memories.
As June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee says, "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," she added.
Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson feels the same and says, "For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least."
Beyonce, on the other hand responds by 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."
NASA and the affected families are not buying it, though.