NASA's Responds to Beyonce's Use of Challenger Audio
According to THR, NASA has officially responded to Beyonce's use of
audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song "XO,"
saying that the tragedy "should never be trivialized." “The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a
tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be
trivialized," NASA said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Current and former NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members called Beyonce's choice to use audio from the tragedy at the
beginning of a track about a troubled relationship, "insensitive." June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee, told ABC News:
"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost
our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO.' Former NASA employee Keith Cowing added: "This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. "Cowing, who now runs NASAWatch.com, also told ABC that he wants
Beyonce to remove the clip and apologize to families of the Challenger
crew.In a statement released to ABC News, Beyonce expressed her sympathies
for the families of those who died in the Challenger disaster and
indicated she didn't mean any offense by using the audio. "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," she said. "The songwriters
included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger
crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.