-- Chew-HA HA HA.
Dallas-area mom Candace Payne has had the Internet in absolute hysterics with more than a whopping 135 million views on her Facebook live video simply trying on a Chewbacca toy mask in a parking lot. Her self-proclaimed birthday gift to herself has turned into a gift for the entire world after her infectious laugh went insanely viral as the most-viewed Facebook live video ever.
But now “Good Morning America” is learning the backstory as to how Payne stumbled upon the now-famous mask in the store, which she didn’t intentionally seek out.
The mother of two said she made a few other stops after leaving Kohl’s, “and then it was just calling from the bag.” She could no longer resist the urge to try on her new purchase.
“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got 30 minutes before I have to be responsible and pick up my children from school and once they see this I’ll never get to see it again,’” she recalled. “So I thought, I’m going to share this with my Facebook friends and family, and if anybody wants to see it, they’re going to have to see it now. And I’m going to document. This was mine to begin with. This was never theirs.”
Social media not only tuned in, but loved the video so much Payne has now spiraled into viral superstardom, something she’s still having a hard time grappling with.
“I feel like I deserve a gold medal, just to say that I actually have broken a record that deserves maybe a podium and a whole song and maybe some flowers,” she joked.
But more than anything, Payne is just thrilled she’s been able to share a few laughs with the world.
“In all honestly, I think the world as a whole is in need of a good laugh. I think we’re in need of somebody to lift our spirits, to not take ourselves so seriously, and to maybe break some cynicism worldwide,” she explained. “It just needs to stop, and somebody needs to have a good belly laugh with somebody, and it happened to be me that day.