Beyonce Under Fire For Sampling NASA's Challenger Tragedy Audio In 'XO' + More BTS Of "Self Titled" Mini Doc
With every Beyonce move comes controversy. Bey is under fire now for sampling audio from NASA's space shuttle Challenger tragedy on the intro for her song 'XO.' Read the deets inside...
After partying hard with her hubby Jay Z in Atlanta this weekend , Bey is now facing controversy for using audio from NASA's 1986 Challenger explosion in her "XO" video, which she shot at Coney Island, a few months ago, alongside Ty Hunter and Jourdan Dunn. .
A little backstory......On January 28, 1986, NASA's Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center. All 7 crewmembers were killed. Beyonce used (now retired) NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt's voice on the intro for her song 'XO' where he says, "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
NASA employees and Challenger family members feel that using the audio clip opens fresh wounds and mocks the crew's sacrifice.
In response to the controversy, Beyonce released an exclusive statement to ABC News about the "Challenger" audio:
“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.”
In other Bey new, Mrs. Carter also released Part 4 of her mini documentary giving insight into her recently released self-titled album. In this segment, Beyonce talks about how she handled motherhood and recording her new album. She also talks about bringing all the writers she wanted to work with to the Hamptons and how she was breastfeeding between being in the studio and creating a fantasy that WAS NOT happening in her life. Bey even revealed that she weighed up to 195 punds during her pregnancy with Blue Ivy.
Check it out below: