NASA Slams Beyoncé’s Use of Challenger Audio

Singer’s new song “XO” includes the recorded words “major malfunction” taken from the 1986 space shuttle disaster

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Singer Beyonce poses for photographs at "The Sound of Change" concert at Twickenham Stadium in London June 1, 2013.

A new song by Beyoncé that features a recording of the aftermath of the Challenger disaster has drawn ire from NASA.

The U.S. space agency issued a statement late Tuesday to complain that the tragedy “should never be trivialized.” The singer’s new song “XO,” from her latest self-titled album, includes the recorded words “major malfunction” used in reference to a failed relationship.

Seven crew members died on Jan. 28, 1986, when the doomed space shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after its launch.

[AP]

9 comments
trishbarron20
trishbarron20

I have always admired Beyonce as an artist and strong and caring woman however this really just shows that she is no different from most of the crass, money hungry performers around.  Obviously considers herself beyond reproach and too important to at least have sought the permission from the families of those who perished.

*Hollis
*Hollis

While NASA is right that the disaster "should never be trivialized", let's not forget that warnings given about dangers facing the Challenger launch should never have been trivialized either so, NASA, let's look at your blatant hypocrisy in this situation because if NASA had never trivialized the warnings they were given, there'd have been no sound bite for Beyoncé to use inappropriately.  

Physician heal thyself.  

mandrews445
mandrews445

I was on beyonce's side until she blamed the "songwriters" in her released statement. She takes sole credit on the selling songs, but blames others such as the "songwriters" for the controversial songs.

I guess that is the entertainment business. But really, you can only fake character for so long. This was her chance to take responsibility for a mistake made on her self-titled album that she "wrote," and she blames others who also don't get the same kudos as her when the album sells. That is Truly shameful.

mandycat
mandycat

Surely no one was expecting good taste, discretion or common sense from this tacky bimbo.   

sulblazer
sulblazer

What is characterized as "slams" is pretty loose these days.  What does Beyonce's XO album and a 9 year during winter break have in common?  Neither have any class.  Now that's a slam!

biofloat
biofloat

This demonstrates the isolation of pop stars and their related business and cultural entourage from the "rest of us".

Jordan_Kerman
Jordan_Kerman

deplorable. next album she should have school shooting 911 calls and Lee Harvey's 3 shots sampled.

edb21
edb21

What a heartless and foolish choice for inclusion in a pop song ---