Chewbacca Mask Lady

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Chewbacca Mask Lady
Chewbacca Mom.jpg
A still from the video
StarringCandace Payne
Release date
May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)
Running time
4 minutes

Chewbacca Mask Lady (also known as Chewbacca Mom) is an internet viral video[1][2][3][4] featuring 37-year-old Texas mother Candace Payne filming herself heartily laughing while wearing a Star Wars Chewbacca mask. The video was posted to Facebook with the description "It's the simple joys in life...." on May 19, 2016.[5]


The video became so popular that Forbes reported that the mask sold out from every online retailer.[6] In response to the video, Kohl's, where the mask was purchased, rewarded Payne with about $2,500 in gift cards, Star Wars toys and 10,000 reward points.[7][8] On May 23, 2016, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield wore the masks on This Morning.[9] On the same day, Payne was featured on Good Morning America. On the show, Hasbro rewarded her with more Star Wars toys.[10] Later that day, The Gregory Brothers uploaded an autotuned remix of the video.[11] Payne was later featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden with J. J. Abrams.[12] She was also featured on "The Star Wars Show" on the Star Wars official YouTube channel on May 25, 2016.[13] Additionally, Payne received $7,500 for a Memorial Day weekend visit at Disney's Hollywood Studios, $2,000 to attend the Fan Dallas Expo with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, and $400,000 in scholarship money from Southeastern University, bringing the total value of her gift to more than $420,000 as of June 7, 2016.[14][15]

On May 24, 2016, she was invited by Mark Zuckerberg to visit the Facebook headquarters in California.[16] As of that date, the video had gathered over 140 million views on Facebook and was the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time.[11] The video also has over three million Facebook "reshares".[16]

Payne visited Hasbro headquarters with her family on June 19 and was presented with a "Chewbacca Mom" action figure. The body looks like Chewbacca but the head is a representation of Payne, including a removable Chewbacca mask; it also has 13 prerecorded phrases such as "That's not me making that noise, it's the mask," and "I am such a happy Chewbacca."[17] Payne has since signed on as a video blogger with the television network TLC[18] and written a book about her experience Laugh It Up!: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy (2017). Payne is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University.[19]

Other videos[edit]

On July 9, 2016, Payne posted a video on Facebook of her cover of Michael Jackson's song "Heal the World" and dedicated it to the victims of the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers, which happened days earlier in Dallas near her home.[20]

In other media[edit]

The video was parodied in the 2018 Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. In the film, before Ralph and Vanellope meet her and while determining which videos must be on BuzzzTube, Yesss and her assistant Maybe see a video entitled "Chewbacca Dad", to which Maybe explains to his boss that it is Chewbacca, but a dad rather than a mom.


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  2. ^ Rogers, Christopher (May 21, 2016). "Chewbacca: Lady Wears Hilarious 'Star Wars' Mask & The World Laughs With Her – Watch". Hollywood Life. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Watch A Chewbacca Mask Turn This Woman into The Happiest Star Wars Fan on the Planet". CINEMABLEND. May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Candace Payne". Facebook. May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Video of Woman Laughing in Chewbacca Mask Sells Out Mask, Kohl's". Forbes. May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Hall, Gerrad (May 21, 2016). "Chewbacca Mask Lady 'overwhelmed' by support as video hits 114 million views". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ McCrum, Kirstie (May 23, 2016). "Chewbacca lady gets Star Wars haul for kids – including their own wookie masks". Mirror. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Miller, Adam (May 23, 2016). "WATCH: Holly and Phillip in hysterics as they host This Morning in Chewbacca masks". Daily Express. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "'Chewbacca Mom' Candace Payne, Live on 'GMA'". Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Martinelli, Marissa (May 24, 2016). "How Could That Chewbacca Mask Video Get Any More Joyful? Add Autotune". Slate. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Shepherd, Jack (May 24, 2016). "The 'Chewbacca' mum who conquered Facebook had the time of her life on James Corden's show". The Independent. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Hicks, Tony (May 26, 2016). "Watch: Chewbacca mom visits Lucasfilm HQ in San Francisco on 'The Star Wars Show'". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  13. ^ Mauney, Matt (June 2, 2016). "'Chewbacca mom' visits Disney's Hollywood Studios". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "'Chewbacca mask lady' gets more than $420,000 in gifts". WJXT. June 7, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Lawler, Richard (May 25, 2016). "Mom behind most-watched Facebook Live video visits its HQ". Engadget. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Nick Romano (June 19, 2016). "Chewbacca Mom gets her own action figure from Hasbro". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Caroline Siede (December 16, 2016). ""Chewbacca Mom" Candace Payne is getting two TLC web series". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  18. ^ Laura Sparks (December 7, 2017). "Chewbacca Mom leads the way to Ouachita". Ouachita Baptist University. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  19. ^ Mahjouri, Shakiel (July 9, 2016). "'Chewbacca Mom' Roars Beautiful Rendition Of 'Heal The World'". ET Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2016.

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