Say what you want about Kevin Smith, but his love for his daughter is unquestionable. Sure, he might wear jorts and jerseys, exclusively. Sure, he might be the director of unwatchable films like Catch and Release and Tusk. SURE, he might simply be an absolute relic of a time in movie history where pretty much anything was acceptable, (re: Space Jam) but he’s a really great dad.
When a cretinous troll commented on his 17-year-old daughter Harley Quinn Smith’s (real name) Instagram picture, calling her “ugly as shit” and hoping for her death, dad didn’t let the deed go neglected.
Females in the public eye cannot exist without hateful comments, a sad but inevitable fact of existence. If Kevin Smith doesn’t know enough to stop wearing jorts to red carpet events, he knows this at least: there’s no reasoning with a troll. There’s simply the action known as ‘putting them on blast’, maybe to teach others a thing or two if not the troll himself.
It all started when sad, sad, human @kingpsysyphus left this poignant message on one of Harley Quinn’s photos:
First off, who’s ugly as shit? Are we looking at the same girl? Second of all, what’s The Matrix have to do with anything? Third of all, Lindsey Lohan isn’t dead???
Remarkably serene dad Kevin Smith took a screenshot of the comment and uploaded it to his Instagram page. While many would probably have called for the utter online destruction of the troll, Smith wrote out a wise, thoughtful caption:
What it’s like to be my daughter: 17 year old @harleyquinnsmith_received this message simply for the heinous crime of posting a pic of herself on @instagram. I have zero clue what the reference to #TheMatrix is all about but, wow – way to unload on a teen girl because YOU have nothing to do in life. But even though I should be apoplectic about it, my kid thought it was funny. “I’d be mad if I had a tiny dick and anonymous voice too,” she said, bemused by the bitterness.
But here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice for folks like this Troll: if you hate me (or my kid) this much, the better use of your time is to make YOUR dreams come true, instead of slamming others for doing the same. The best revenge is living insanely well – so if you wanna get back at a 17 year old girl for the grievous crime of enjoying her life, the best way to do it is to succeed in your OWN existence. Show the world WHY we should be paying attention to you instead of anyone else. Because randomly attacking others merely communicates how creatively and emotionally bankrupt you are.
You think you have something to offer the world but others are getting all the attention? Don’t bitch or punish the world: just create. Create something nobody’s ever seen before and there is a good chance the world will notice you. Attacking teen girls on the Internet is the saddest form of masturbation that exists and requires no discernible skill or talent. You want attention? Don’t make yourself mad, make something original and fun. Because if you’re not being useful in this world you’re being useless. Don’t be useless: go make stuff that makes people happy!
Harley Quinn also had something to say. It wasn’t an attack or even an act of self-defense as much as an inspirational message to all those feeling struck down by overwhelming hate, and negativity (so, all of us):
So lots of you probably saw this lovely comment someone decided to post on my photo out of the kindness of their heart and let this just be an example to you that there are trolls everywhere you go but you can't let it get to you! I was at Disneyland with my boyfriend and family yesterday having the most amazing day and while in line for a ride I opened Instagram and this stared me down in the face. At first I was like alright that hurts, but then I realized who the actual fuck cares??? Why should I let this sad ass troll who clearly either has a stick so far up his ass it's affecting his moral compass or is compensating for an insanely small dick ruin my day?? So I decided to laugh it off because no matter what, there are always going to be people in your life that are either jealous of you, don't like you or perhaps are just looking to be negative, but you can't let them get to you because if you let them upset you then they're winning. You may be thinking why are they making such a big deal out of a stupid online comment, but my dad and I just want to give you a glimpse of what we deal with all the time and how we're able to rise above it and carry on. This troll said he wanted me DEAD. That is obviously not something that anyone wants to hear ever, but I was still able to carry on and have a fantastic day because I didn't sink to his level. Words are an extremely powerful tool so it's your choice whether to use them to spread positivity and make the world a better place or be like this troll who was obviously looking to ruin someone's day. Everyone is so fantastic in their own unique way so don't let anyone try to demean you of your worth. With 1 person trying to shut you down, there will be another 100 people there to support you. So do what you love and spread positivity because life is too short to waste it either being a troll or paying attention to them!!!! Don't ever let some stranger on the Internet try to bring down your self confidence because you are wonderful just the way you are!! Kill em with kindness kids❤️💯✨💞🐇