Online harassment is nothing new, especially for women. Megyn Kelly knows it. Leslie Jones knows it. Gabby Douglas knows it. As disgusting as it is that they’ve had to put up with the misogynistic comments thrown into their inboxes and Twitter mentions, they are adult, professional women who have had the resources to move forward.
When it comes to teenagers, online harassment is somehow even more intolerable. That’s why director Kevin Smith refused to tolerate hate spewed at his young daughter, Harley Quinn Smith and posted the following screenshot and caption to his Instagram account a day ago:
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
The screenshot is of something that was said to his 17-year-old daughter.
Although he slammed the troll publicly, Smith mostly took the high road:
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.
Followers who were outraged by the comments of the original poster, however, must not have taken such a high road because the @kingsysyphus account no longer exists. Smith might have claimed the best revenge is living insanely well, but there are others who probably believe that the best revenge is getting a teenager-targeting troll to delete their account. To each their own!
[image via Instagram]
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