Beyonce has recently released a statement in response to the criticisms she got when she included a sample from the 1986 Challenger explosion in her single, “XO.”
In her exclusive statement released by ABC News, the singer said, “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 current and former employees and families of NASA got offended with the inclusion of a six second sample of then NASA public affairs officer, Steve Nesbitt reporting the tragedy. “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation,” Nesbitt says at the start of the song. “Obviously a major malfunction.”
Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee and currently head of NASAWatch.com wants Beyonce to remove the clip from “XO.”
“This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme,” Cowing said as reported by ABC News. “The choice is little different than taking Walter Cronkite’s words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune.”
“XO” is the tenth track of Beyonce’s fifth album, which she surprisingly released this month.