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    Beyonce Criticized for Sampling Audio From Challenger Disaster on New Album

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    December 30, 2013 AT 1:10PM
    By Allison Takeda


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    Beyonce responded to criticism over her decision to sample audio from the 1986 Challenger disaster in her song "XO"
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    Beyonce's surprise visual album is a hit with critics and fans alike -- but one song is stirring up controversy among an unlikely group. "XO," about a troubled relationship, has been criticized as "insensitive" by some current and former NASA employees, who are unhappy with the superstar's use of audio from the Challenger disaster of 1986.

    The brief sample can be heard at the beginning of the video for the song, written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Terius "The Dream" Nash. It features the voice of retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt on Jan. 28, 1986, the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven crew members aboard.

    "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation," Nesbitt said at the time. "Obviously a major malfunction."

    June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, told ABC News she was "disappointed" in the use of the clip, as it brought back memories of that fateful day.

    "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues, and friends," she said. "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."

    "For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least," retired astronaut Clayton Anderson told ABC.

    Beyonce, for her part, said Monday that she meant to honor, not offend those affected by the tragedy. "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster," she shared in a statement to Us Weekly. "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 added: "The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
    Read more: Beyonce Criticized for Sampling Audio From Challenger Disaster on "XO" - Us Weekly
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    It ranks right up there with people's 911 calls being released. People NEED to know everything. People want to hear every agonizing moment that someone else goes through... right up until it happens to them!
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    What an asshole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    What an asshole.
    Exactly! Clearly, Bey wasn't freakin OLD enough to remember that awful day. Let alone, to have watched it LIVE as it was exploding. Was heifer even born yet? It was an unbelievably tragic and gut-wrenching day in our history. How insensitive and arrogant!
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    I remember watching the Challenger explosion as it happened; we watched it in school and it was a huge deal because of Christa McAuliffe being on board.

    If she truly wanted to honour them, she would have contacted the families and colleagues before and requested their blessing to include this on her album/video. Apologizing after the fact shows how little class she really has.

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    Just another reason I can't stand this clueless cow.

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    She's self-involved and clueless to the extreme, a dangerous combination. I suspect in her mind there could be no greater honor than being included in one of her songs and videos, so she probably thinks she's doing their families a huge favor. It's no wonder she and Kanye are so tight.
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    "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."
    What a dolt. She is in no position to be giving advice on major, irreversible tragedy. How exactly was this supposed to help people heal?

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    "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster," she shared in a statement to Us Weekly. "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."
    What mindless guff, written by her PR team. She needs something controversial to get publicity & make her trendy again. This is merely a ploy by her production team to stir up the public & some publicity as this sort of accident created a knee jerk reaction in the hearts & minds of the America Forces & public.
    I think that on this occasion she has missed the mark - a little like Wheezey's confederate flag ploy.

    Given the number of people who did suffer PTSD over this, that sound track is particularly insensitive as it will be a MASSIVE trigger to a lot of people.
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    Speechless. Truly insensitive to the max.
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    She seems pretty dim so I doubt she has much of anything to do with the actual content of her songs, she's just there to sing and do what they tell her. Someone spun it as a positive thing and she doesn't have the sense to question anything she's told because she's a puppet.
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    You're fucking kidding me, she (her "team") actually said her intent was to help heal people involved in that tragedy?? For fuck's sake, can she just DIAF now?
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    After almost thirty years, the family members can finally start healing! Thank you Beyonce, you're the bestest!
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    Tired of her. I hope she sits down and be quiet for a long, long time. Zip it!
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    Here is the video. The audio clip has nothing to do with the lyrics of the song, nor does it enhance the video quality or meaning (not that that would make it any less insensitive).


    On a side note, it looks as if they were filming this video when this incident happened: Couple stuck on Coney Island Ferris wheel because Beyoncé was 'doing her make-up'

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