NASA Criticizes Beyonce’s Use of Challenger Audio Sample in ‘XO'
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.02.2014
“Tragedy should never be trivialized.”
THR reports that NASA has responded to Beyonce's controversial use of audio from the tragedy and explosion of space shuttle Challenger in her new song "XO."
According to the statement: "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history, a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized. NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."
Beyonce has recently been criticized by former NASA employees, astronauts, and their family members for using a six-second clip of a NASA public affairs officer commenting on the tragedy as it was unfolding. The shuttle exploded a short time after its liftoff in 1986, and all seven crewmembers perished.
Current and former NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members labeled Beyonce's choice to use the audio from the tragedy in the track about a troubled relationship as "insensitive."
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing stated: "This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. 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."