A clip at the beginning of “XO” has the voice of a NASA official saying, “Flight controllers here are looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.”
June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Commander Dick Scobee, issued a statement saying the use of the audio is “emotionally difficult.”
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing, describing the situation as “inappropriate in the extreme,” is demanding an apology. “These words were uttered as the crew and their disintegrating vehicle were still falling into the sea,” he posted on NASAWatch.com. “These words are forever etched into the psyche of everyone who was watching that day and still echo across the years for the generation that followed.”
Beyoncé released a statement saying her intentions are “sincere” and that the song is about appreciating “every minute” you have with your loved ones.