Posted: 31 December, 2013
Beyonce's Challenger Disaster
Queen Bey In PR Storm After Using Audio From Space Disaster
Beyonce is embroiled in controversy after the audio at the beginning of her new single XO has been identified as the sound of the Kennedy Space Center coming to terms with the Challenger space shuttle disaster.
If you're unfamiliar with the disaster, seven people died on January 28 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded after a technical failure seventy-three seconds into the mission. The explosion was witnessed by the friends and family of the crew members, and is a sensitive topic even now. The widow of the Commander of the mission, June Scobee Rodgers, issued a statement on behalf of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the organisation formed by the families of the astronauts in their memory:
“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.”
Beyonce has responded with a statement of her own, 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.”
Check out the video (the audio is in the first five seconds), then watch the moment Beyonce's song samples (at 2:15).
What do you think?