Tasteless: Beyonce Song Samples Challenger Disaster Audio
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Tasteless: Beyonce Song Samples Challenger Disaster Audio

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM PST
Source: Newsbusters
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And what if the product isn't comedy but another run-of-the-mill pop song about sex? At the beginning of the song XO from her eponymous new album, pop star Beyonce includes an odd sample: a few seconds of audio from the immediate wake of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded in mid air just 73 seconds into its flight, killing seven astronauts...Public Affairs Officer Steve Nesbitt saying just moments after the explosion, flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation...The song's first verse is: You love is bright as ever Even in the shadows Baby kiss me Before the turn the lights out Your heart is glowing And I'm crashing into you Baby kiss me Before they turn the lights out Before they turn the lights out Baby love me lights out The video for XO takes place entirely at an amusement park and features a lot of dancing and couples kissing. In short, it has nothing to do with the Challenger or even emotions compatible with such a tragedy. In an enthusiastic review of the album, The New York Post's Hardeep Phull wrote on Dec. Starting with a sample of the audio from the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster sounds tasteless, but with XO,' Beyonce is trying to create light from darkness, and she does it pretty well...Whatever Beyonce was trying to do, mining a tragedy in service to a pop confection (Phull called the song a buoyant celebration of love and life) doesn't just sound tasteless...Just ask Cuban refugees what they thought about her and husband Jay-Z vacationed in Castro's Workers' Paradise last winter.

 
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