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Beyonce gets heat for using clip from Challenger disaster in song

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Beyonce is making headlines again but this time there are many upset with the superstar. ABC News reported on December 30 that those involved with NASA and the Challenger space shuttle disaster are upset with the use of audio clips in Beyonce's new song "XO."

Friends and family of those lost in the space shuttle Challenger disaster are upset with Beyonce and say that her use of the audio is "insensitive." A few have even said that the song causes them to relive the disaster all over again. To make matters worse, she reportedly did not have permission from NASA to use the sound byte.

According to, Beyonce has issued a statement regarding the use of the clip. It reads, "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 audio in question includes the line, ""Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction." Meanwhile, the rest of the lyrics to the song seem to have nothing to do with the space shuttle crash or any other real disaster. Maybe this song and the use of the Challenger clips would have been less upsetting had Beyonce discussed using them with someone from NASA or even those close to the victims of the disaster. As it stands, they were all caught by surprise.

What do you think of the song "XO" and the use of the Challenger space shuttle audio clips? Were they as inappropriate and upsetting as claimed? You can check out the video for the song here and please leave your comments below.


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