Beyoncé Pisses Off NASA and Christians During Her Week in Florida
"Yes! It's so crazy right now! Most incredibly, it's ya girl, Bee!"
"Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no"
Beyoncé definitely so crazy right now. On the heels of her
touching controversial "tribute" to the Shuttle Challenger disaster, Beyoncé has stirred up another mess, posing recently in Miami in front of an Andy Warhol Last Supper mural, of course, in front of Jesus.
Former NASA employees, astronauts, and their family members lost their entire crap this week, blasting Beyoncé for using a six-second clip of a NASA public affairs officer commenting on the tragedy as it was unfolding.
The photo was taken near the Miami juice bar Jugofresh and was met with instant backlash.
"Is nothing sacred anymore?" asked Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. "This is clearly an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ, whom Beyonce' covers up with her pose. This had to be done intentionally. However, you will not see the media condemn her for offending Christians in the same way they did Phil Robertson for offending homosexuals because there is a double-standard. Christians are the only group in America you can bash with impunity."
Earlier this week, June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee, told ABC News:
"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."
"This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme. The choice is little different than taking Walter Cronkite's words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune."
Beyoncé issued an apology in response to the public's reaction, saying in a statement that "her heart goes out to those lost in the Challenger disaster" and that "[t]he 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." She added, "So love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you."
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