We think Queen Bey can do no wrong…well, at least intentionally!
After receiving some backlash for including an audio transmission from the Challenger explosion in her song XO, Beyoncé issued a statement explaining its inclusion:
"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.”
We think that this is a pretty flawless explanation. Sure, she's self professed to be No Angel, but this seemed like the appropriate response, no?
All in all, we know you didn't mean any harm!
Meanwhile, June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and one of the founders of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, was "disappointed" with the Bey:
"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song XO. The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today."
That was indeed such a tragic day. We hope Yonce will think about June's words, and learn from this response!
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