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Kevin Smith tells online troll who harassed his daughter: ‘Don’t punish the world: Just create’

Kevin Smith was nicer than we would have expected.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Aug 18, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:53 am CDT

If you’re going to troll Harley Quinn Smith, the daughter of director Kevin Smith, you don’t necessarily need to be prepared to feel the father’s wrath. Instead, you should brace yourself to listen to a lecture that actually contains some good advice.

Sure, Smith went on a violent campaign against online trolls in the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but in real life, he just wants you to do better in life. Because if you’re trolling 17-year-old Harley Quinn Smith, an actress in her own right, Smith simply wants you to stop for a second and think about creating something beautiful for the world to behold.

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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! #KevinSmith #HarleyQuinnSmith #YogaHosers

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This isn’t the first time Smith has spoken out about misogyny—online or otherwise.

In a 2013 blog post titled “If you like my stuff, you like women,” Smith wrote, “And if you like women, NEVER call them ‘cunts.’ Or get vulgar with them at all. And if you like me or my stuff at all, then NEVER express yourself to ANYONE—woman or man—in misogynistic terms. This is important to me. Even before I was married and had a daughter, this was important to me. The Jay character aside, I’ve always tried to imbue the characters in my flicks with nothing but respect for women. If my movies have made you feel it’s okay to reduce another human being by labeling them a ‘bitch’ or a ‘cunt,’ then I was an even worse filmmaker than I thought.”

Or, to put it another way.

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*First Published: Aug 18, 2016, 9:22 am CDT