The viral star, who reached internet fame after posting a Facebook Live video of herself in a Chewbacca toy mask, recorded herself singing Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” on Saturday in honor of the victims of recent shootings across the U.S.
“I am thousands of miles, hundreds of miles away from identifying with every single ounce of pain that is being felt by the whole world right now,” Payne said in the video.
Payne, who is from Grand Prairie, said she lives just 30 minutes away from where the fatal shootings of four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest. Though she said she had been silent the past couple of days because she felt sad and hurt, Payne felt like she needed to share Jackson’s song.
“I felt like somebody needs to resing these lyrics again and sing them over our world and just be a good reminder,” Payne said. “I hope that it in someway touches you and inspires you to make a better place.”