Chewbacca mom sings Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ in wake of recent shootings

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HASBRO - Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. Payne is known for her viral Facebook Live video post of herself wearing a Hasbro Chewbacca Electronic Mask. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)
Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)

Candace Payne, the Texas woman better known as Chewbacca Mom, is back on Facebook Live — and it turns out she can sing.

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.”

 

Video of Texas woman in Chewbacca mask goes viral, breaks Facebook Live records

Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.
Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.

The Force is strong with Grand Prairie’s Candace Payne, the woman now known for wearing a Chewbacca mask in a video that went viral this weekend.

After making some returns at Kohl’s on Thursday, Payne sat in the parking lot and live-streamed a video of herself on Facebook, gushing over her latest purchase — a “Star Wars” Chewbacca electronic mask. As of Monday, the infectious, record-breaking video has received more than 136 million views, garnering Payne attention from BBC, NPR and “Good Morning America.”

“This is for me,” she said in the video, making it known the mask was not for her two kids. “I mean I’ll let them play with it I’m not a bad mom, I’m not a jerk — but in all honesty at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box. It goes in my room.”

In an interview with Forbes, a Kohl’s representative said the Hasbro toy was originally $44.99 but put on clearance thanks to the overwhelming interest sparked by Payne’s video. And by Friday afternoon, the masks were sold out.

This led other Kohl’s representatives to show up at Payne’s door that same day with numerous toys in hand. They also gave her and her kids $2,500 in store gift cards and 10,000 rewards points.

The video also inspired #HappyChewbacca on Twitter. But the best part might just be the shoutout from actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewy.