NASAWatch.com isn’t the only one not thrilled with Queen Bey for using the crash audio as an intro to a song.
Whilst everyone was thrilled and excited that Beyonce dropped a brand new album on iTunes a couple of weeks ago. No one was paying attention to the song list. Except NASA. Yup, NASA. And why was NASA paying attention? Because some BYT (Bright Young Thing) thought’d be cool to use audio tape of Steve Nesbitt, a former NASA public affairs officer saying, “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,”at the beginning of XO. Why was Nesbitt saying that? He was talking about watching the Challenger blow up.
BYT’s were probably not even zygotes 28 years ago, so why would they think anyone would be bothered hearing something that happened a billion years ago as an intro to a song by Beyonce?
Beyonce’s career has never had a hiccup, until now. Just because the audio is at such a low level, that you have to strain your ears to hear it, using audio from a national disaster goes beyond the word “tacky” to the phrase, “pheomenally stupid.”
And if it wasn’t for Keith Cowing blogging for NASAWatch.com, perhaps no one would have noticed that audio clip from CNN as the intro of Beyonce’s song. His blog post, titled, Beyonce Sampling The Sounds of Tragedy for Pop Music, is what propelled the sample to awareness. He wrote, “The song that follows these words about Challenger is certainly catchy - but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Challenger and the sacrifice that their crew made that morning in January 1986. Instead, the song has to do with the trivial life event of a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. The music video shows them playing at an amusement park. Having this audio included in such a song serves to mock the severity of the events and loss that these final words represent.”
Soon after a statement from NASA followed, then another from Dr. June Scobee Rodgers (widow of Challenger’s shuttle Comander Dick Scobee) and retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson also made statements. Oops.
In an effort to assuage everyone’s feelings, Beyonce 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.”
I don’t understand how a song about a relationship breaking up can (a) “Help people heal who have lost loved ones” and (b) how a space shuttle exploding over the ocean is the emotional equivalent of getting dumped Am I missing something here?
Here’s the video, judge for yourself and let me know what you think.