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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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76.

Dina    

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

206 days ago
77.

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

206 days ago
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Heather.M.83    

She faked an entire pregnancy, lied to everyone about it....why not lie about this too? Unreal, I don't know why she that this was ok? & why doesn't she have people on her team to tell her things like this!? Her father is a pastor, you'd think at least HE would have said something!

206 days ago
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dyls_E    

i don't think she meant any harm. but she should have known better. Using that as a sample in that way screams of trying to be edgy and trying to use it to get some kind of sick retro cult vibe or something. but it is just a horrible, disrespectful thing to glorify for a pop song.

206 days ago
80.

BuffKevin    

Leave Beyoncé alone. Ya'll so desperate to criticize her. It's a good song with a message about how fleeting life is. So sorry for the Challenger families, though. I doubt Beyoncé set out to hurt anybody. It's annoying that people jump at the chance to drag Beyoncé. She's such a talent.

206 days ago
81.

kr    

how is a song about kissing have to do with a bunch of great people exploding to their death while the nation watched?!?!

206 days ago
82.

kr    

I tihnk she's just getting dumber and dumber as the bleach sinks into her skull

206 days ago
83.

Gwen0000    

The song does not stand on its own. She needs the controversy to get people to listen to it. The more fuss, the more people go You Tube the song.

206 days ago
84.

Pure Evil    

Send her album up in a shuttle .

206 days ago
85.

Jay Rome    

it just a bunch of nonsense. If they took the time to actually understand the lyrics of the song, It’s about mortality, and about the urgency of spending time with the ones you love before you lose them, because you never know when that could be. “Baby kiss me/ Before they turn the lights out,” Beyoncé sings, and later, “You better kiss me/ Before our time is run out.

Duh!

206 days ago
86.

jadeaR    

Actually tmz the explosion happened in Jan 86..that's actually almost 3 decades old. Idiots

206 days ago
87.

rVLn-4    

i think that nasa should be ashamed of itself for calling the accident a major malfunction to begin with. nasa should apologize to the families for causing the accident to begin with. nasa is a major malfunction!

206 days ago
88.

True1    

She looks crazy. That MJ kinda crazy.

205 days ago
89.

nigelhornberry    

Yeeeaaaahhh, Bey you should have left that alone.

205 days ago
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Katgirl    

I grew up on the West coast of Florida, and we were lucky enough to be able to watch shuttle launches from our front yard. I remember seeing the Challenger explosion from my front yard, and my Dad yanking my sister and I into the house trying to save us from the heartbreak of what we as a family had just witnessed. Using this audio for any form of "entertainment" is heartless and disgusting.

205 days ago
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