Singer Beyonce is getting a bit of backlash over a Mission Control sample from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster audio used in her new song.
The track 'XO', included on her newest self-titled album, features a Mission Control audio clip from the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and killed all seven people on board. Critics and family members of the crew are calling it insensitive.
The song starts with the questionable audio clip "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously, a major malfunction." The sampled audio is from the NASA announcer who described what was happening as the Challenger exploded due to an o-ring failure on January 28, 1986.
The widow of mission commander Dick Scobee issued a strongly worded statement, saying that "The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends." NASA further added that "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized."
Beyonce responded in a statement to ABC:
"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 songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
We here at 80s Mixed firmly believe that if the President of the United States feels the need to sit down and address the nation about a disaster - that situation should NEVER be trivialized or taken lightly. Right now on our YouTube channel there is a band claiming rights to the video of the disaster we posted. Unfortunately for them - it’s news and public domain. We disputed it - and disputed it again.