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NASA

Beyonce 'Trivialized' Deaths of Challenger Crew

1/1/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Beyonce
got off easy with NASA ... rather than saying she blatantly exploited the deaths of the Challenger astronauts, the space agency essentially said she dishonored the memories of the crew.

As you know ... Beyonce's song, "XO" begins with sound from mission control in 1986 ... as they react to the spaceship blowing up and the 7 crew members careening to the ground.

NASA 's response ... "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized."

Beyonce came out with a bizarre, hollow justification ... "The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones to remind us that unexpected things happen ..."

It's not exactly that there was suddenly a burning need to help the families cope with the deaths that are almost 2 decades old. 

Could it be that Beyonce just knows good drama when she sees it?

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61.

Diego    

That blonde hair is terrible...

295 days ago
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Eric Cartman    

The Challenger disaster is almost 2 decades old? Looks like the sausage smokers at TMZ don't even know how to count.

295 days ago
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Truth    

PULEEEEZ.... BEYAAWWNCE IS A BITCH. AND JAY-Z IS THE MARKETING PR IDIOT BEHIND THIS SH*T. AS USUAL SHE SWAGGER JACKED THE CLIP WITHOUT PERMISSION MAKING FUN OF THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. #TRUTH!!

295 days ago
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missjanenc    

Bouncy's next music video will show planes flying into the towers on 9/11. Whatever it takes to make money. Good taste and intelligence be damned.

295 days ago
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Ed    

Another PR stunt designed to make the cash registers ring. And her statement about "honoring the crew"? Bollocks.

http://theundefeatedimage.com/beyonces-lame-excuse-using-challenger-accident-for-promotion-profit/

295 days ago
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Everydogsmom    

Quite frankly I am sick of "stars" like Beyonce and Jay Z and Kanye West and crew, all acting like anything they do in the name of "music" is acceptable. Morally bankrupt overpaid idiots is what they are.

295 days ago
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buggaz    

She is ho'

295 days ago
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Goddy77    

Hey Pat, shut up dude. They all learned this technique from Madonna not Miley. Eat a pecker.

295 days ago
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w    

she's a lying bitch

295 days ago
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VIOLETVONTESLA     

If what she did is trivializing their deaths then why don't people get all upset at songs about 9/11, war movies, Vietnam references, the news playing 9/11 footage every year for views, any merchandise with never forget on it, ect??? People can't reference tragedies UN music or art now??? Give me a break. Im sure the families are still raw over it, but its not like she made a joke of it. It was a national tragedy that means something so of course it is going to be referenced at some point, its not like she used a 911tape of an individuals murder, it was a huge thing that left an imprint. If she made a 9/11 song im sure we'd give her a frigging medal.

295 days ago
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VIOLETVONTESLA     

If a disaster happened in the US right now im sure t-shirts presses in China would be busy making the tribute shirts in less than an hour for some greedy person, and half of you would buy one . Im sure there is more than one country song about the war or 9/11 , and Jesus they even marketed famous last words with lets roll...but oh no Beyonce uses a news clip in a song and people say she's making fun??? Art uses tragedies, always has. This is nothing new, people just want to hate her or any other celebrity so they act angry like what she did was offensive, but other's do it and get applauded or its written off as a memorial. The familiy will always be upset, but since what happened to them is history its going to be referenced in music or art at some point, its nothing personal. There are like 10 other reasons to hate Beyonce, this one is stupid.

295 days ago
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joy    

The song sounds like she is trying to sing like Rihanna. First her bodysuites and now her sing style.

295 days ago
73.

Rachel    

This is a woman who is starting to believe her own hype. Her and Jay-Z are another couple that I'm over.

295 days ago
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Dina    

Isn't she the same person who has not healed from her parents divorce and shields her daughter from the public eye?

295 days ago
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portapotty    

don't you think she meant the deaths of other families not the Space Shuttle families-, such as anyone who's lost family members, that she thinks her song will help any family that lost someone unexpectedly

295 days ago
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