NASA Employees Want An Apology From Queen Bey
Former NASA employees and NASA families have slammed Beyonce for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion on her newsong “XO.” “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt can be heard saying in the first six seconds of “XO.”
The communication is from a broadcast of the Mission Control Center in Houston after the Challenger exploded following takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. The tragedy left all seven crewmembers dead.
NASA officials, under the condition of anonymity, expressed dismay to ABC News over Beyonce’s choice of sampling.
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing and the man behind NASAwatch.com wants Beyonce to remove the NASA audio altogether. He called it “inappropriate in the extreme” and compared it to using sound bites from Sept. 11 or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.He says Beyoncé “owes the families of the crew of Challenger an apology.”
Beyonce responded in a statement 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.”
Click below for the video and judge for yourself:
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