King Beyonce is in a little hot water of a sample on her new CD


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.

Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crewmembers aboard were killed.

“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.

The audio clip is short, lasting six seconds.

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.

“The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

But former and current NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members argue that using it in a pop song mocks the crew’s sacrifice and opens fresh wounds.

June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and a founder of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, told ABC News she is “disappointed” in the singer’s decision to include the clip.

“We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO,'” she said. “The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.”

Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee who now runs the website, said, “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.”

Cowing wants Beyoncé to remove the clip and apologize to families of the Challenger crew.

Several current NASA astronauts, who are not authorized to speak publicly, privately expressed similar dismay at what they say is Beyoncé’s use of a tragedy to sell a pop song.

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson told ABC News, “For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least.”

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I had to go back and listen to the song to see if this sample even fit the lyrics of the song and it really doesn’t. I don’t feel like listening to the song more than once to get all the lyrics but no this sample was not needed.

And I have to agree it is insensitive as hell and just unnecessary.

But eh who am I.

What do you think? Insensitive or should the families of those lost in that tragic event “get over it”?

Apparently it is Beth's Job to get on Slaus's nerves.


  1. CaraQ says

    Honestly, I never really paid attention until they mentioned it. I didn’t know that it was a historical recording.

  2. Les says

    Very insensitive. She definitely shouldn’t have used it.
    I only heard tiny snippets (on the radio) of her new album, so I didn’t even know it was there.
    But… if she was really born when she says she was born, it’s not an event she remembers and is probably something insignificant to her and her fans.

    • Boo Radley says

      Well, I’m only a few months older than her, and I distinctly remember the day because my teacher had arranged for us to watch the launch live that morning. I remember wondering what the heck had just happened, because all of the adults gasped and turned off the television, and went into panic mode trying to distract us. Maybe the schools here in Houston make a bigger deal out of it because of Nasa. Even so, I doubt I would have recognized the quote. I could almost have given her a pass if she hadn’t issued that lackluster apology. I would have respected her more had she simply said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t realize where the sample came from when I heard it. I deeply apologized to the families and those affected.”

      Instead, she’s went with “Oh nawl! That song was ABOUT the Challenger and isn. It’s a tribute. Y’all couldn’t tell?” Bisch please. I haven’t heard the song and had to Google the lyrics just to make sure I wasn’t tripping.

      • Les says

        She was only 4 and probably wouldn’t really remember… she says she’s only 32 now… but I digress…

  3. DameloSuave says

    Weren’t we just having this discussion about Ani are you ok & the plantation? This is a similar instance of someone ignoring the group that’s telling you, “No, this hurts me & it isn’t an honor.”

    If that’s what she intended, well it didn’t work. Remove the clip and try a real apology.

    OAN: I’m glad I haven’t seen the stan reactions yet

  4. JustMe81 says

    I just find it funny that she was quick as hell to pawn the responsibility off on the writers…you know, especially seeing as she’s legendary for stealing songwriting credit.

  5. marina says

    *sigh* how hard is it to apologize? Damn! “I should have paid more attention to what was being used in my projects. Because of my gross oversight, I apologize profusely to those affected and will be more careful in future.”. There, not hard. Ffs.

    • ToodySezHey says

      in this age of rachet and aintshyt, there is no such thing as accountability anymore.

      R Kelly

      Chris Brown

      and on and on and on….