Is this offensive, insensitive, in poor taste or perfectly fine?
So Beyonce is in the hot seat for one of her new songs. As an intro to her new video for XO (which is a song about a troubled relationship) you can hear the voice of Steve Nesbitt (a retired NASA public affairs officer) say "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," Those are the words he spoke when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
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."
However, NASA, astronauts currrent and former as well as the families of those lost in the Challenger have said, that using it in a pop song mocks the crews sacrifice and opens fresh wounds.
The widow of the challenger commander had this to say: ""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."
So what do you all think? Offensive? Insensitive? In poor taste or perfectly fine?