A song on Beyoncé's latest album has upset families of the victims of the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster.
The love song XOopens with a six-second audio sample that originally was broadcast inthe immediate aftermath of the Jan. 28, 1986 explosion that took thelives of all seven crew members on board. "Flight controllers herelooking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,"now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched the shuttle explode 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center.
June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee,said she was "disappointed" to hear of Beyoncé's use of the clip. "Themoment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for theChallenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen tofocus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they livedand how their legacy lives on today."
Beyoncé was quick to issue an apology, telling ABC News in a statement on Monday: "My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song XOwas recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who havelost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so loveand appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the mostto you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfishwork of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never beforgotten."
This isn't Beyonce's first interaction with NASA: in 2011, she recorded a wake-up greeting for the orbiting crew of STS-135,the final space shuttle flight. "You inspire all of us to dare to liveour dreams, to know that we're smart enough and strong enough to achievethem," she told the Atlantis crew.