There’s something about the relationship between a father and his teenage daughter. Basically, you don’t want to mess. Especially if that father is movie director Kevin Smith.
When Smith’s 17-year-old daughter Harley Quinn got pretty much the vilest Instagram message ever, Smith didn’t hold back. He shared the disgusting comment (which called the teen girl “ugly as shit” and said “you’re cancer and I sincerely hope you end up like Lindsay Lohan and dead”) and gave the nasty piece of work a taste of his own medicine. And then some.
Smith’s “free advice for folks like this Troll” is actually genius. He suggests that the hater make better use of their time by making their own dreams come true instead of going after those who are simply doing just that.
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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
Smith has the defensive dad thing down pat, but he also offers really good advice to the person he describes as “creatively and emotionally bankrupt” (BTW, we couldn’t agree more on that point.)
Instead of fighting back with insults, Smith has clearly taken some time to think about how he can, um, constructively criticize. It must have been hard for him to hold back when his teenage daughter had been abused so viciously, but major props to him for keeping his cool — just about.
In fact, Smith’s advice for “this Troll” is advice everyone should pay attention to. He’s basically saying to forget about what everyone else is doing and go do your own thing. Don’t put other folks down for achieving good stuff — be inspired and go achieve your own good stuff. Strive to make people happy, not sad. Make them proud, not embarrassed. But do it for nobody but yourself.
And above all, remember that “attacking teen girls on the Internet is the saddest form of masturbation that exists and requires no discernible skill or talent.”
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