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Beyonce Asked To Donate ‘XO’ Proceeds To Challenger Learning Center

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Over the past few weeks, Beyonce has come under fire by NASA, astronauts and their family members for her use of audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song “XO” … And now, the star is being asked to donate proceeds from the track.

A petition has started on Care2 calling for Bey to donate 25 percent of the song’s proceeds to Challenger Learning Center, a nonprofit founded and maintained by families of the fallen Challenger astronauts.

“Challenger is one of those tragedies that is perpetually a very raw wound for everyone, especially those in the space industry, and I believe that it should never be treated as anything but,” said  Sarah McNulty, who works in the aerospace industry and lives on Florida’s Space Coast.

“It’s never okay to trivialize a tragedy, but trivializing a tragedy such as Challenger, which was meant to be an inspirational mission to enlighten and inspire the nation and give us heroes to look up to, is a crime,” she added.

According to a press release sent to HipHollywood, the petition has already gathered the support of more than 3,500 signers.

After people expressed their concerns with the song, Beyonce released a statement explaining the use of the audio. “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,” she said. “The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

3 Comments

  1. Marliatou Diallo

    January 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I am supporting your good ideas Beyonce.

  2. Demond Braxton

    January 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    why every time Beyonce do something good its o she should donate half no she should not she wrote the song to heal and let people know we should love each in every min so i think Beyonce should keep her 25 percent but let a white person sing the song o nothing going to be said thats the kind of stuff that piss me off and I am sorry if i am comeing off rude but enough is enough NASA should be thank her unstead they want money its crazy how the world is but beyonce u keep your head up cause the beyhive got your back 100%

    • mind boggling

      January 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      They act like this is a #1 massive hit like Single Ladies or a hit like Drunk In Love. What freaking proceeds???? Drunk In Love is the song that’s generating the buzz off of the cd. The only ones going on and on about this are people who can’t let this go out of faux outrage. She made a visual cd. She put out two songs as a courtesy and the one that’s the hit is the one that they are not complaining about. I’m guessing a lot of these people are under the false impression that this is a top 5 individual platinum selling song. I don’t get the need to punish this woman for this, especially over a speech that’s been used before. Are they going to do the same to those artists too?

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