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Beyoncé Finally Does Something Wrong, Responds to “XO” Controversy

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Beyoncé Finally Does Something Wrong, Responds to “XO” Controversy

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No one thought it could happen, but Beyoncé, the humanoid diamond twinkle has finally done something wrong. Her inclusion of audio from the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster in her song “XO” has come under fire from family members of the astronauts lost in the explosion.

“Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” the audio from the NASA control center says as the song begins. Don’t worry though, she meant it as a tribute. “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” she told ABC News. “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.”

Not everyone is buying that explanation, however:

“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, whose husband Dick Scobee died in the disaster] 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.”

Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee who now runs the NASAWatch.com website, said, “This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. The choice is little different than taking Walter Cronkite’s words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune.”

It wouldn’t be hard to read the lyrics of the song as people snatching a moment of love before impending doom.

Baby kiss me
Before they turn the lights out
Your heart is glowing
And I’m crashing into you
Baby kiss me
Before they turn the lights out

We don’t have forever
Baby daylight’s wasting
You better kiss me
Before our time is run out
Nobody sees what we see
They’re just hopelessly gazing