NASA Would Appreciate If Beyonce Stopped Sampling The Challenger Disaster
“And then the astronauts were all like, ‘OHMYGOD! THERE’S A FIRE!’ Now drop that ass. C’mon!”
Because this story didn’t involve bikinis or man-anus-obsessed duck hunters, I completely missed the kerfuffle over Beyonce using audio from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song “XO” which apparently didn’t go over well with a lot of people. Specifically family members of the astronauts who died in said explosion, and their colleagues at the scientific institution who launched the mission. Haters gonna hate. Via HuffPost:
The space agency issued the statement late Tuesday after the pop star began to receive criticism from Challenger families and others for using the short sample that includes the words “major malfunction” as an allusion to a failed relationship.
“The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized,” said the statement from Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary. “NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe.”
NASA’s response came after Beyonce explained the use of the short snippet in a statement to ABC News Tuesday that stopped short of an apology. The sample appears at the beginning of her song “XO” from her new self-titled album.
Among those critical of the sample was June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee. She told ABC in a statement that she was disappointed and described the use of the sample as “emotionally difficult.”
Of course, if the Internet has taught me anything it’s that people need to stop being so offended because slavery happened a long time ago, so I’m sure that will be applied to this situation and not suddenly abandoned because it involves Beyonce who will now act as a receiver for pent-up hate about having a black president and the increasing browning of America. I feel ridiculous even typing that. However, that being said, I wouldn’t feel like a proper journalist if I didn’t at least comment, holy shit, what a cunt. I swore an oath.