ICYMI: The Laughing Chewbacca Mom Just Broke a Facebook Record
The Facebook Live video of this mom trying out her new Chewbacca mask in her car has more than 135 million views.
Have you guys seen the video of the Chewbacca mom yet? If not, you're in the minority. Because according to BBC, over a 100 million people have watched this video of a woman laughing hysterically in a Chewbacca mask in a Kohl's parking lot, making it the most viewed Facebook Live video ever!
This is probably one of those videos that you have to see to understand, but I'm gonna go ahead and try to explain it anyway. See, Texas mom Candace Payne had hit up her local Kohl's department store to make a bunch of returns, when she stumbled upon the now infamous mask.
The mom of two is not really even a Star Wars fan. But she was just SO excited about this thing, that she had to buy it. Clapping like a little kid on Christmas morning, the 37-year-old tears into the package right there in the parking lot while still sitting inside her car, then throws on the mask—which, it turns out, makes an awesome Chewbacca sound every time Payne opens her (its?) mouth.
"That's not me making that noise, it's the mask," she says, then busts out in a fit of crazy laughter. "Oh, I'm such a happy Chewbacca! This. Is. Worth. Every. PENNY!"
Like one of the editors here at Parents.com said, I wish I could be as happy about anything as Payne is about that mask!
The 37-year-old went live with her video on May 20—titling it "It's the simple joys in life...."—and now just three days later, more than 135 million people have tuned in to watch her (literally) knee-slapping crack-up.
"That's just crazy," Payne told the BBC. "I'm just laughing—in all honesty, that is ridiculous. I've looked at the number of views and it just seems like someone is just playing with a calculator."
Payne didn't just break the Facebook Live record, by the way—she shattered that sucker. Because until this hilarious mama came along, the most-viewed Live video was Buzzfeed's exploding watermelon, with just over 10 million views. #BowDown
But while Payne may be a viral sensation, she told GMA this morning that she's just happy to be able to share her joy with others. "In all honestly, I think the world as a whole is in need of a good laugh," she explained. "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. It just needs to stop, and somebody needs to have a good belly laugh with somebody, and it happened to be me that day."
I'd tell you to click here if you want to score a mask (and some serious LOLs) of your own. But naturally, it's all sold out.