Kevin Smith Defends Daughter After She Is Harassed Online

"If you're not being useful in this world you're being useless," the director said after 17-year-old daughter Harley Quinn Smith received a hateful comment on Instagram.
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Kevin Smith and daughter Harley Quinn Smith

Kevin Smith has some advice for nasty internet commenters after one harassed his daughter online. 

In a Facebook post Monday, Smith recounted how his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, 17, was attacked after posting a photo of herself on Instagram. 

"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," Smith wrote. "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."

The filmmaker went on to say that attacking people online "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," wrote Smith. "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!"

What it's like to be my daughter: 17 year old @harleyquinnsmith_ received this message simply for the heinous crime of...

Posted by Kevin Smith on Monday, August 15, 2016

Smith's post comes after online harassment — particularly online harassment of women — has been coming to the forefront, with high-profile examples making headlines. Star Wars star Daisy Ridley left Instagram earlier this month after being criticized for sharing an anti-gun violence post, while Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones left Twitter for a time after being targeted with racist comments. Twitter responded by permanently banning the ringleader of the hate aimed toward Jones.