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Beyoncé: Sampling The Sounds of Tragedy For Pop Music

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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Beyonce's surprise visual album is a hit with critics and fans alike -- but one song is stirring up controversy among an unlikely group. "XO," about a troubled relationship, has been criticized as "insensitive" by some current and former NASA employees, who are unhappy with the superstar's use of audio from the Challenger disaster of 1986.

The brief sample can be heard at the beginning of the video for the song, written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Terius "The Dream" Nash. It features the voice of retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt on Jan. 28, 1986, the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven crew members aboard.

"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation," Nesbitt said at the time. "Obviously a major malfunction."
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, told ABC News she was "disappointed" in the use of the clip, as it brought back memories of that fateful day.

"The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues, and friends," she said. "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."
"For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least," retired astronaut Clayton Anderson told ABC.

Beyonce, for her part, said Monday that she meant to honor, not offend those affected by the tragedy. "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster," she shared in a statement to Us Weekly. "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."
She added: "The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."


http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/beyonce-criticized-for-sampling-audio-from-challenger-disaster-on-new-album-20133012#ixzz2ozwJsLBe

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Smoochmommie
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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she is an asshole

hopealways4019
by Silver Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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I forgot all about that tragedy.. She was a kid when that happened.. So that's weird she choose that tragedy. White people always criticizing Beyonce... They hate to see a black.person succeed. Im sure she got permission to use the clip.
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Hottmomma607
by A_Diva2Hot2Handle on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Why? You weren't even born when this happened but there were jokes circling around after the shuttle blew. It was disturbing. I don't think she meant any harm?

Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

Smoochmommie
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM
I wasnt born but i learned about it in school and did a project on it. I think its real rude for her to sample peoples final moments in a song, like its just tactless and rude..she could have executed her track without adding that part...now whenever someone listens they hear the curdling screams of dying astronuats or the explosion in which you knew 7 people didnt survive. I jist feel like thats wrong. Im not a bey fan anyway..shes always been an asshole in my opinion.

Quoting Hottmomma607: Why? You weren't even born when this happened but there were jokes circling around after the shuttle blew. It was disturbing. I don't think she meant any harm?



Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

MomRocs1102
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:09 PM
wow, thats sad. I can understand why the families feel the way they do.
nikabear
by Mrs.Bellamy on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM
I remember this happening..... We watched it blowup in class.........

Quoting Hottmomma607: Why? You weren't even born when this happened but there were jokes circling around after the shuttle blew. It was disturbing. I don't think she meant any harm?



Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

CinnamonBunns84
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Lol my mom use to have a saying: "your mouth has no cover"

I dont like her new iimage


Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

Hottmomma607
by A_Diva2Hot2Handle on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM
Yeah I can't remember but I think we did too?? It was like Jr. High for me??

Quoting nikabear: I remember this happening..... We watched it blowup in class.........



Quoting Hottmomma607: Why? You weren't even born when this happened but there were jokes circling around after the shuttle blew. It was disturbing. I don't think she meant any harm?





Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

SiriSilasMom
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM
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That's insensitive......maybe if she would have added a disclaimer at the beginning of the vid it would have went over better.
nikabear
by Mrs.Bellamy on Dec. 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM
It was elementary for me. All I remember is the explosion and my teacher immediately turning the tv off.....

Quoting Hottmomma607: Yeah I can't remember but I think we did too?? It was like Jr. High for me??



Quoting nikabear: I remember this happening..... We watched it blowup in class.........





Quoting Hottmomma607: Why? You weren't even born when this happened but there were jokes circling around after the shuttle blew. It was disturbing. I don't think she meant any harm?







Quoting Smoochmommie:

she is an asshole

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