Facebook Live video of Texas woman and her electronic Chewbacca mask goes viral

Ms Candace Payne found fame this week after filming a Facebook Live video of herself in an electronic Chewbacca mask.
Ms Candace Payne found fame this week after filming a Facebook Live video of herself in an electronic Chewbacca mask. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ CANDACE PAYNE

AUSTIN, Texas (REUTERS) - A Texas woman found fame this week after filming a Facebook Live video of herself in an electronic Chewbacca mask that racked up over 50 million views in less than 24 hours.

Ms Candace Payne recorded the video in a department store parking lot on Thursday (May 19).

The mask emits a guttural sort of whine, characteristic of Wookiees, that Ms Payne triggered when she opened her mouth. "I'm such a happy Chewbacca!" Payne exclaims, while laughing. "This is worth every penny!"

Chewbacca is a fictional character from the "Star Wars"movie series and adventurer Han Solo's sidekick.

"Chewbacca" began trending on Twitter in the United States on Friday, with users of the social media platform cheering the video.

"If you haven't seen the Chewbacca mask lady video yet, you are missing out on a few minutes of pure joy," tweeted ¡Gabe! Ortíz (@TUSK81).

"Can we all agree that this reaction to a Chewbacca mask is everything?" tweeted Kohl's (@Kohls), where Ms Payne said she bought the mask.

"Laugh. It. Up," tweeted Star Wars' official Twitter account (@starwars).

A Kohl's spokesman said the Chewbacca mask has sold out online.

As for Ms Payne, a subsequent Facebook post indicated that she is enjoying the reaction. "Thanks for all the feels, Internet webs," Ms Payne wrote. "I mean it."