Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
UNDATED (AP) — Beyonce says she meant no harm. But some people connected with the space agency says her use of a clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion is at the very least, insensitive.
She uses part of the mission control statement in which a ground controller states there has been “a major malfunction” aboard the craft shortly after its 1986 launch. All seven crew members died. Initial statements on NASA’s web site ripped Beyonce, calling the use of the clip “inappropriate in the extreme” — and saying it was as bad as using audio from 9-11 or the Kennedy assassination “for shock value in a pop tune.” But in more recent statements said the tragedy “should never be trivialized.”
For her part, Beyonce says the message of the song was that life is fleeting — and that people should treasure loved ones while they are still with us.