Beyoncé Slammed For Sampling Shuttle Tragedy On New Album

Source: Clayton Sandell and Gina Sunseri / ABC News

Beyoncé has been labeled “insensitive” by some current and former NASA astronauts and their families for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster for a love song off her newly released album.

“Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched wreckage fall toward the ocean on live television.

Twenty-seven years later, Nesbitt’s voice is heard at the beginning of the video for Beyoncé’s new song “XO,” about a troubled relationship. The singer has said that “XO” was written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Terius Nash, who goes by the stage name The Dream.

Beyonce, in an exclusive statement to ABC News this morning, 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.

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  • Pat Hill

    Can I say that we live insensitive world. I can understand the level of respect when it comes to tragedy events but I am going to throw a curve ball into this story. You know how Phil Robertson get’s a pass because of his insensitive comments, well how is his words no different than Beyonce sampling just a bit of NASA commentary. Not saying all is right but it’s a little bias when it comes to freedom of expression.

    • David Riley

      apples and cinderblocks: phil robertson’s comments weren’t connected to a national tragedy that claimed the lives of people.

      • Pat Hill

        Ok. but let me ask you this. Since Phil Robertson has freedom of speech right like everyone is giving in this country, does that first amendment also allow freedom of expression?

  • David Riley

    who knew it would be a “bad idea” to use audio from a national tragedy for a pop song?

    oh well….there goes my plans to remix the video for “wrecking ball” with the video of the second plane hitting the world trade centers…..thanks beyonce