Sometimes good things happen to good people. And then there is Candace Payne aka “Chewbacca Mom“. Candace rose to popularity when she donned a talking Chewbacca mask she bought at Kohls and proceeded to laugh hysterically into the camera. Some 150 million views later, this stay at home Mom has become the Internets biggest sensation. Except now, most of the Internet doesn’t like her anymore. They’ve turned on her. People have become very upset at the windfall of money, gifts, and opportunities awarded to Candace and her family. What started out as a gift of $2,500 in gift cards and a bunch of Star Wars toys from Kohls, has turned into much much more. Since the airing of her video, Candace has appeared on multiple talk-shows, been given a tour of Facebook home office while hanging out with Chewbacca, sent on a free trip to Disney World for her and her family, and bumped elbows with JJ Abrams and Chewbacca himself Peter Mayhew. On top of all that, her kids have been given free scholarships to Southeastern University. She’s now also appearing at several Comic Conventions and charging for autographs.
The embarrassment of riches don’t stop there. Chewbacca Mom has been further immortalized, courtesy of toy company Hasbro.
Payne was invited to the Hasbro headquarters, where she was presented with a one of a kind Chewbacca action figure. He looks just like you’d expect from the neck down, and even comes with his trademark bowcaster. The head, however, is a completely one of a kind sculpt, modelled after Payne herself. Even better, it comes with a completely removable Chewbacca mask.
After the presentation, she hopped onto Facebook live and described the surreal experience.
“So the weekend after this happened, I was able to go to the Facebook headquarters, and meet an incredible and integral part of this story and this journey, and I feel like today, right now, this moment, is a second divine moment that’s happening. So, I want you, if you know how to use Emoji’s, all of you out there in Facebook live world, I want you to do the handclap for these amazing people that develop stuff that your kids have…thrown at you and played with.”
Sometimes people get lucky and win the lottery. Sometimes, they make a contagious video. Should Candace and her family be gifted so much? Probably not. Do people have ground for being really jealous/envious? Of course! But…. if this happened to anyone else, would “no thank you” be uttered in the face of such lavish gifts and opportunities? Everyone’s bitter until it happens to them.