NASA employees have beef with Beyonce
Beyonce is being called “insensitive” by current and former NASA employees because the video for her song XO uses audio from the Challenger disaster of 1986, ABC News reports.
The video for the song about a troubled relationship features a short clip at the beginning that plays the voice of retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt on Jan. 28, 1986, the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven crew members aboard.
Nesbitt told viewers, “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation” and “obviously a major malfunction has occurred."
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee, tells ABC, “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."
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing added: “This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme."
Cowing tells ABC he wants Beyonce to remove the audio and apologize.
In a statement to ABC News, Beyonce defends herself while expressing sympathy.
“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.”
And at the root of the story: Everyone is listening to Bey’s new album. Everyone.