Being one of the biggest Pop Stars in the world, keeps a magnifying glass on you. Beyoncé finds herself in the mist of controversy being that she just released her new album entitled Beyoncé. It has been said in the past that Beyoncé has stolen choreography, beats and even lyrics from other artists, which she says inspire her. Bey is under fire now for sampling audio from NASA's space shuttle Challenger tragedy on the intro for her song 'XO.'
Bey is now facing controversy for using audio from NASA's 1986 Challenger explosion in her XO video, which she shot at Coney Island, a few months ago, alongside Ty Hunter and Jourdan Dunn. .
......On January 28, 1986, NASA's Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center. All 7 crewmembers were killed. Beyonce used (now retired) NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt's voice on the intro for her song 'XO' where he says, "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
NASA employees and Challenger family members feel that using the audio clip opens fresh wounds and mocks the crew's sacrifice.
In response to the controversy, Beyonce released an exclusive statement to ABC News about the Challenger audio:
“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.”
It's almost shocking that they would blow the fact that Bey used some samples for the intro. I will say that I've seen Single Ladies choreography and other "inspired" looks... I just hope that Beyoncé Legacy will live on in a positive way.