Scoop: Beyoncé slammed for exploiting Challenger tragedy 

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  • Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during 'The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour' at the Barclays Center on December 22, 2013 in New York, New York.
Beyoncé is getting flak for including audio from the Challenger tragedy in her new song, Fox News reports.

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 “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.

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