NASA Astronauts/Families Upset At Beyonce For Using Challenger Disaster Audio On "XO"

(AllHipHop News) Beyoncé is catching heat for including audio from the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in her song “XO.” NASA astronauts and their families call the singer’s decision to sample NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt voice on the track disappointing and insensitive.

“We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO’,” June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, told ABC News. “The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends.”

“For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least,” added retired astronaut Clayton Anderson.

Other people affiliated with NASA have also expressed dismay at what they see is the use of a tragic event to sell music. Former NASA employee and founder of Keith Cowing is calling for Beyoncé to remove the audio from the song.

Beyoncé issued a statement to ABC News about the controversy:

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.

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded moments after taking off from the Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986. The event was shown live on television and many schools screened the broadcast because Christa McAuliffe was set to become “the first teacher in space.” McAuliffe and the six other crew members all died from the explosion.

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Watch Beyoncé’s “XO” video featuring the Challenger audio sample below.

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  • CJ MAC

    People always got something to say about Beyonce.

  • so what part is a sample from them and what does it say?

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Yo Beyoncé can sit on my Di(k facing away and I’d scream “Fu(K THEM FAMILIES” real talk! QUEENS!

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  • Black Jay

    Man…. This is politics. Who in the hell would search through her whole album just to find that sample if it wasn’t politics? And how many years have the astronauts been dead? Dudes be using Kennedy’s voice in their songs all the time. Are their families crying about it? No disrespect to ALL WHITE PEOPLE but SOME rich white folks are mad at Jigga for making that Cano move and mad at Beyonce for all of that loot she’s gettin’. Do your thing Beyonce.

    • SBRon

      Yep! Back in the day, they’d straight up assassinate you when you got too powerful…Today, they assassinate your character!!

    • Renee smart

      That is a pretty shitty thing to say. But you are right she did do it for money!!! She used the death of American hero’s to make a buck. You are both a piece of shit!!! Race baiter. Who do you think purchases her music dumb ass??? I think she will be losing a bit of her profit’s for that stupid move. She is sorry now that she see’s the backlash.

      • Black Jay

        Losing profit?! On what planet do you live? Since when has controversy equaled less profit? Obviously, Renee Smart, you’re part of the problem. Don’t pick and choose what parts of my statement you want to get angry about. I clearly said SOME RICH WHITE FOLKS. Is Scott Boras (the agent that is upset with Jay Z) a Rich White Person? Yep. Is he mad? Yep. Did he try to diminish Jay Z and Beyonce because of their achievements? Yep. Has Fox News been trying to play Beyonce for years? Yep. So my statement isn’t inaccurate. Most White people aren’t in your boat. They’re fair and recognize talent and abuse when they see it. But you? Judging from your response you must be a jealous white person who hates the progressiveness of Beyonce. Sorry, but Black folks are here to stay. And they’re getting money. Why don’t you try going back to the 50’s and 60’s when your ignorant kind tried to dominate.

      • Guest

        I agree with you and you freak out. Lol Hey, I still agree with you “she did it for the money.” You are right she did do it for the money. Have I got that nerve twitching again. Lol Hey when you are right you are right!!! Lol Only a race baiter would use the race card!!! I bet because you are so RIGHT about her doing it for the money she ends up taking that portion of audio and video out of the song so “people like me” will continue to purchase her music because we like her, ALOT!!! Just because YOU are such a HATER doesn’t mean everyone else is. She made a bone head mistake and like she said she is SORRY. You are so WRONG ABOUT ME NOT LIKING HER, WRONG!! You said that, not me. I just didn’t like what she did on her song!!! I guess you cann’t be right about everything. SMH Oh and BTW I can comment on any part of your comment I like. To bad if you don’t like it. So again I agree with you she did it for profit. You are right. Most of all I am glad she said she is sorry. You can go back to the 50’s and 60’s yourself. Your mind set seems to be stuck there. I wasn’t alive yet. So use part of my name and SMARTIN UP!!!! LOL LOL SMH

      • Black Jay

        First of all, you don’t have the power to freak me out about anything. You ain’t got it like that. I wrote my opinion and then you said some personal shit. My second response was supporting my position. I stand by my words. Don’t try to act like you don’t know why you got out debated. I stand by my comment. Your comments were Renee “Dumb”. And just cause you weren’t born in the 50’s and 60’s doesn’t mean your racist opinions don’t belong to that era. Don’t think you can come on here and call a Strong Black Woman a “piece of shit” and you won’t get checked.

      • Guest

        YOU ARE THE ONE THAT GOT PERSONAL with racist remarks!!! You seem to think everyone is out to get her. Lol What she did was pretty shitty and I stand by that that!! You are the one that didn’t like being CHECKED!!! One thing I should not have said was she is a piece of shit but what she did was pretty shitty. I stand by that!!! I meant what I said about you. You will fight to the end that people are out to get her, you ect…. I cann’t debate that with you because like I said YOU are the one stuck in the 50’s & 60’s. Check that Jay the Hater Race Baiter!!! SMH

    • Guest

      No one SEARCHED THROUGH ANYTHING we watched the video SHE put out for all to see. Geeeezzzzz, get a grip man!!! No one is out to get her. People and mainly the families of the lost are hurt by the audio and video used. She can fix her mistake and she will in the end because it is the right thing to do.

      • Black Jay

        For future reference Renee “Smart”…. When you have an opinion, this is the format you should present FIRST. This comment can be logically debated and actually is a sentiment a lot of people could support. I still disagree but I respect the position. But don’t come on here thinking that it’s cool to call people “pieces of shit”. Especially a Strong Black Woman that has never personally attacked you on anything. You just make yourself look dumb. But I can get with this sentiment. Nuff said….

      • Guest

        Have you read what others have wrote on this site??? A bit horrible from what I wrote. Nasty. For the second time you think you can try and tell me what to do. Well I can “come on here (your words)” when ever I want and make a comment on the subject any time I wish. So what if she is a black women. That is who the story is about. If someone like Taylor Swift did something horrible I would comment on that story as well even though her story would be on a Country music site. Just because this is a hip hop site you seem to think I don’t have a right to say what I want. How dare I “speak badly of a strong black women”. Well I’m here to tell you I can. This is not your personal site to make up any rules. So you don’t get to tell me I need to do anything you say. I would never let you try to boss me around because you can not. Well I agree with you once again with “nuff said”. I truly am done with this. Time to move on.

      • Black Jay

        Renee “Smart”…. You just proved my point. If you don’t want to catch heat, don’t talk. You can say whatever you want. Just like you can get called out for saying whatever you want. You have a right to call Beyoncé a “piece of shit”. Just like I have the right to call you Renee Dumb. Accept it. Move one.

      • Lala

        I’ve run into ReneeDumb on a few other sites, and it’s always kind of hilarious how poorly formatted and argued her comments actually are. It’s like a trained monkey got loose in a computer lab.

      • oh please

        OMG!!!! You come on a Hip Hop site and call a person a monkey!!! Your acct. could be cancelled for stalking!!! Creepy.

      • Lala

        How am I stalking her? We apparently frequent some of the same news sites, it’s not unusual at all.

        And due to your poor reading comprehension, you have mistakenly assumed that I called her a monkey–no. I likened her actions to that of a monkey, not her personally.

      • coco hot

        This subject is about a famous black women. BEYONCE! Take your monkey fight somewhere else!!! I can see you commented about another white bitch. Get lost.

      • Lala

        Yes, this article is about Beyoncé. Although I’m not sure why capiltilizing her name makes it more relevant. You asked a question; I answered it. Do you really feel the need to bring your racist statement into play? Does that make you feel better about yourself or something?

  • Blaq_Boi

    Quick question, how does one die from EXPULSION?!

  • therealest1

    Dumb ass uneducated, insensitive bitch shit. How would this bitch like it if people said her kid was ugly with a big ass head even though she does really have an ugly ass kid?

  • Guest

    I really wish that black people where not so quick to judge other blacks. One day we will figure it out.

  • Andre Terrell-Dartavius Smith

    Clearly politics because all I heard through out this song was noise. It says how much power that black people are gaining when you read petty stuff like this they have to do when they realize that we can’t be controlled.

  • therealest1

    This bitch better pray she doesn’t die in a plane crash like Aaliyah did. Otherwise, Star of Star And Buc Wild would taunt her death like he did Aaliyah with an airplane crashing sound effect with a woman screaming in the background.

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  • Elayorx El

    I can’t imagine B would try and go out like that, just for some record sales. I mean, does she really need to? I remember exactly where I was, when we got the news of this tragedy, back in grade school. Many of my classmates were crying, and had absolutely no connection at all, to those that perished. Something truly does connect all of us, at the end of the work week, and you SHOULD feel something for those that this may happen to. It’s kind of ashamed she was actually accused of something of this magnitude.

    • Immortal

      She still coulda checked with the families and NASA. That’s like any rapper using a soundbite from 9/11. She could’ve sampled a movie or just recreated it in a different manner. I doubt she was worried about the Challenger astronauts any in the least. Was she even born when that happened?

      • Renee smart

        I agree with you. She gave a very poor excuse saying she did it to remember the disaster and it was meant in a good way. Ya right!!! All she did was try and boost sales and it back fired because what she did was cause pain showing the explosion. She could have said a prayer ya know something a good human being would do. She needs to pull the song and video to make things right with a real apology. If she doesn’t she is a piece of SHIT!!!!!! I believe she will do the right thing and erase that portion of her song.

      • Black Jay

        50’s and 60’s mentality from Renee Smart. Your name should be Renee Dumb.

      • Elayorx El

        I’m trying not to laugh here, but c’mon Jay, you know you ain’t right for this one.

      • Guest

        You are the one stuck back in the 50’s and 60’s so SMARTIN UP DUMBY. RACE BAITER THE HATER JAY. SMH

      • Elayorx El

        I feel you fam, but I’ve recreated, and used countless sound bytes, and material from times past, and they were received in good taste by those from that time period. I guess it’s about the parties involved, because had she used a tragedy involving other people, we probably would not have heard anything, due to the type of people. At any rate, we could just chock it up to circumstantial.

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  • WillVetterGoodin

    What an ignorant, tasteless and selfish thing to do. She should def pull that song asap, and send REAL apologies to the families as well as royalties from the amount that have already sold.

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