GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – The internet’s “Chewbacca Mom” made us all laugh with a spontaneous act of joy.
Now Candace Payne is using her internet stardom to help her community heal following a shooting in Texas that killed five police officers during a “Black Lives Matter” protest.
4 Fast Facts
- “Chewbacca Mom” sings in new Facebook video
- Candace Payne lives in Dallas area and reacted to last week’s attack
- Payne gained fame this year after video of her in a Chewbacca mask went viral
- She sings “Heal the World” in new video
“I’m about 30 minutes from where the shootings happened the other night,” she says in a video posted on Facebook. “I am thousands of miles, hundreds of miles away from really identifying with every single ounce of pain that I know is being felt by the whole world.”
“I really don’t know what else to say other than I’ve been spreading joy, and I’ve been hoping to do that. But I found myself the last couple days being silent because I’ve been so sad and so heartbroken by what’s going on.”
Payne then plays the piano and signs an arrangement of the Michael Jackson song “Heal the World.” The video has been viewed more than 2.9 million times.
“Make a better place, y’all. Fill it with joy, not hate.”
The original “Chewbacca Mom” video: