Beyoncé‘s latest album has been a massive success both commercially and critically, but there’s one song that’s made some people very “disappointed” and it has nothing to do with the melody. The song is “XO”, a love song, and the controversy is the audio clip played at the beginning — a 6 second clip of taken from the moment the Challenger space shuttle exploded. The Challenger exploded in 1986 not long after take-off, killing all 7 of its crew members. Some think it’s “insensitive” of Beyoncé to sample the audio from the tragedy. The audio itself is former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying,
Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.
Which Nesbitt said as the Challenger was exploding on live TV. Beyoncé released the following statement to ABC News:
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.
June Scobee Rodgers, widow to Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, had this to say:
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.
Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson added,
For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least.
What do you think? Do you think stuff like this should be “off limits” or is everything fair when it comes to art?