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Was Singer Beyonce Callous in Using Challenger Disaster Audio in New "XO" Song?

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Beyonce is being scalded by families of former NASA astronauts who perished in the tragic Challenger disaster for her seemingly callous use of audio from the Jan. 28, 1986 explosion, according to CNN. Beyonce’s song XO which bears no connection to the awful national tragedy that claimed the lives of all seven shuttle crew members.

The insensitive nature of Beyonce’s use of the audio from the disaster has not been lost on officials at NASA as well. In fact, some are expressing disbelief that she could not understand the painful memories that are still associated with the loss of America’s astronauts.

According to the Huffington Post, a former NASA employee is insisting that Beyonce “remove the NASA audio,” totally. He even likened her insensitive use of the video to using, “soundbites from Sept. 11 or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

Former NASA employee Keith Cowing and the man behind 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,” reported Huffington Post.

Anyone alive during that tragic morning can remember the perilous seconds into the flight of Challenger may even feel the horror and shock as well. It is those strained seconds that Beyonce chose to use in her song. In fact the first several seconds of her XO song uses the audio of NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying, “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” according to CNN.

Beyonce’s apology appears more “CWO” than sincere mistaken use. She mentions in her statement to ABC News that she did it as a tribute to the seven astronauts who died, suggested CNN.

It appears that the song which according to the Hollywood Reporter is about a “troubled relationship,” is really more about a singer who has a skewed perspective on reality and cares little about harm or impact of her actions.

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