LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Filmmaker Kevin Smith posted on Facebook Monday a brief essay addressing Internet trolls who attack him and his teenage daughter, actress Harley Quinn Smith.
The “Dogma” and “Clerks” writer-director said his post was in response to haters who criticized his child for a photo she posted of herself on Instagram.
“Way to unload on a teen girl because YOU have nothing to do in life,” Kevin Smith begins before assuring detractors his daughter didn’t take the abusive messages to heart.
“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 elder Smith wrote.
“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 [expletive] 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!”