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.”
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
two-night performance at Yankee Stadium in New York City kicked off Friday night, marking his first time returning to the region in 19 years.
But his performance came just one day after
four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest downtown. And Brooks made sure to take a moment to address the events in Dallas and the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Entertainment Weekly, Brooks paused midway though his performance and said people had been asking him for a statement regarding the shooting.
“We have the same statement [as for] what happened in Orlando down in Florida, or what happened over in Paris at a concert,” he said. “People, we’ve got to love one another. That’s what it’s all about. That’s our only hope.”
Then, he performed and dedicated his 2014 hit
“People Loving People” to the city.