Beyonce Responds to Challenger Controversy, Defends Song Lyrics as "Tribute"

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Beyonce has been on a nearly perfect roll lately.

She surprised Walmart customers with hundreds of gift cards. She made a cancer patient's dream come true. And her self-titled album has received rave reviews.

But the singer has now come under fire because the opening of the track "XO includes audio from the Challenger explosion.

The song opens with NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying: “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.”

Nesbitt uttered those words as a nation watched in horror on January 28, 1986, during a tragedy that killed seven people on board the Challenger spaceship.

“For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least," says retired astronaut Clayton Anderson, while the widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee tells ABC News:

"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO.'

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.”

In response to the criticism, Beyonce has issued the following statement:

"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.”

What do you think of Beyonce using these Challenger words in her song? It is...

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I used to love B but sometimes I wonder if she is desperate to remain in peoples minds constantly by attaching herself like a leach to events that were world news and very emotional like living vicariously through them. It appears like she hides behind caring about the families and victims but really she wouldn't be able to be present that strongly by her own efforts. Almost a selfish need. I think she is obsessed with constantly being present and she just keeps upping the anti first with the 9/11 song which she appeared to be doing a "tribute" to those lost but appeared to me to be just her usual dramatics. I think she is very talented but there has been a slight trend with her to start attaching herself to very serious events in history when really she has no right to intrude on that with her own selfish agenda. She appears to be very intense at times. I wonder if she just doesn't know how to stay quiet she just needs a constant spot in the limelight. I am not sure what that is if it really is there as I said I do like her a lot but sometimes lately I have wondered if she has achieved so much that now she just has no idea when she is overstepping the mark.

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"Houston we have a problem". How many times have we heard that?

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So Beyonce, how would you feel if you lost your loved one in a horrific explosion and an entertainer used your personal tragedy in their music video/song? So much fun reliving that heartbreaking moment in your life over, and over, and over again!

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@ OMG

How about all the movies and documentaries made about 911? What's the fucking difference. And spot ignoring that fact that she did not write the fucking song

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Motives and rushing to judgement aside, it was just a bad decision to use that voice-over, period.

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It does not matter how much of a humanitarian she is and maybe her intentions were good but it does not change that she should have know that it would cause some problems for the families that lost there love ones. Sit in there chair at that moment in time then tell me how you would feel. That was a very sad day I remember being in elementary school when that happen!!!!

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It does not matter how much of a humanitarian she is and maybe her intentions were good but it does not change that she should have know that it would cause some problems for the families that lost there love ones. Sit in there chair at that moment in time then tell me how you would feel. That was a very sad day I remember being in elementary school when that happen!!!!

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it wasnt the last words of the crew..dummy...learn how to read and comprehend. she didnt mean offense...sit the fuck down

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@ duh

Thanks for saying that. The Internet is full of idiots ready to comment with zero clue on the topic there are commenting on. Facebook is the best example.

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I think Beyonce has a good heart and she did not mean anything bad with the video. This is a deal like Phil of Duck Dynasty who has #1 TV show, and the haters are piling it on. A few haters a piling it on Beyonce bacause she has the #1 CD now, and they are just looking for something to bitch about.

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It was not inappropriate. The majority of people probably didn't even notice it or know what it was referencing. Too sensitive people.

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If you never heard last words from a dead one
Then u don,t realize how much that would bring back memories and u wouldn't, want to
Hear it again Beyoncé should think first if those words would hurt the Family by hearing it I lost a luv one only 4 yrs old and I
Would not want to hear her last words on radio

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