Beyonce is a Pretty Terrible Person
Beyonce, a woman who most humans would be comfortable calling a goddess, really went and did something terrible. In one of her new songs, "XO," Beyonce actually had the nerve (and the sheer stupidity) to put in actual audio from the Challenger explosion. To be clear, she put an audio clip from an actual tragedy in which seven people died ... in a pop song. Here, check it out:
So that's pretty unforgivable, right? Why would you even think to do that, let alone go through with it? How did she think this was remotely acceptable? It's really, really not, and here's a statement from a woman who lost her husband in the Challenger explosion to prove it:
"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."
But not only is Beyonce too dense and insensitive to realize the issue, she's also too dense and insensitive to deliver a meaningful apology. Here's the statement she made to ABC News:
"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."
Does she really believe that a generic pop song is going to help people who lost their spouses, their friends and family members? It's understandable that Beyonce is a little self-centered -- she is Beyonce, after all -- but this is just unbelievable. Unbelievable, offensive, and really just ridiculous.
Do better, Beyonce. Do way, way better. Start by not using real life tragedies to sell records, OK?