Kevin Smith was nicer than we would have expected.
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.
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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