GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Unless you’ve been living without the internet for the past few months, you probably know Candace Payne, better known as Chewbacca Mom, and her rise to internet stardom practically overnight with her video wearing the Chewbacca mask.
Millions of people admired Payne for her ability to spread joy and lighthearted fun, but she recently reached out to her new-found audience to address the highly-publicized incidents of violence of the past week.
“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,” Payne said in her newest video on Saturday.
She posted a video performing a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World.” Some might think the shootings, as well as the issues of gun violence and racial tensions at large, would be a topic best left to community leaders.
But the internet is a community in and of itself, and millions online have praised her for efforts to bring joy, and a message of hope directly into their homes.
Not only is her message resonating with viewers, but Candace’s singing talents are impressive. The Facebook live video has been viewed more than 2.5 million times and has over 110,000 reactions.
Candace says that she was reluctant to address the incidents, because she was so sad. But her video shows the woman behind the mask can take on heavy issues.
“Make a better place, y’all,” she said. “Fill it with joy, not hate.”