In response to the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers last week, Candace Payne — the viral sensation better known as “Chewbacca Mom” — covered Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” on Facebook in “hope that in some way touches you and inspires you today to make a better place.”
Payne, who became famous for hysterically laughing in a Star Warsmask, posted a video with her thoughts on the murders, which occurred during a peaceful protest against the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by law enforcement officers last week. “I’m actually not that far away from Dallas,” she says. “I’m about 30 minutes from where the shootings happened the other night.”
She continued, “I’m 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 right now. Literally 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 that last couple of days being silent because I’ve been so sad and so hurt by what’s going on and I wanted to just share with you my own arrangement of a song that I came across that has really meant something amazing to me.”
Watch the full video below.