Harley Quinn Smith, actress and daughter of Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob, is the latest in a long line of women to be torn down via social media, with a particular focus on her looks. In an attempt to belittle the 17-year-old actress, Instagram troll Kingpsyphus commented on a photo of Harley Quinn, saying, "You're ugly as shit. And that steaming horse shit of a movie, yoga hosers, should be banned. Fuck your talentless cunt of a father for trying to compare it to the matrix. You're cancer and I sincerely hope you end up like Lindsay Lohan and dead."
Harley Quinn took it like a champ and dragged the hater by Instagramming the comment for all to see and perfectly responding by saying, "I decided to laugh it off because no matter what, there are always going to be people in your life that are either jealous of you, don't like you or perhaps are just looking to be negative, but you can't let them get to you because if you let them upset you then they're winning. You may be thinking why are they making such a big deal out of a stupid online comment, but my dad and I just want to give you a glimpse of what we deal with all the time and how we're able to rise above it and carry on. This troll said he wanted me DEAD..... Words are an extremely powerful tool so it's your choice whether to use them to spread positivity and make the world a better place or be like this troll who is obviously looking to ruin someone's day... Don't ever let some stranger on the Internet try to bring down your self confidence because you are wonderful just the way you are!"
But the call for change did not stop there. Kevin Smith couldn't keep silent, putting out a statement of his own regarding the unwarranted treatment of his daughter on his Facebook page.
"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!"Way to go Kevin, Silent bob always knows the right things to say!
Silent dad to the rescue!
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Courtney Bissonette is a New York based writer and improv comedienne. She writes primarily about movies, pop cultures and feminist heroes. She gets along best with old people. She has seen more old movies than your grandma, probably. Salt from Salt n Pepa once took her Trick'r Treating. You can follow her on instagram at @gddamnitcourtney or twitter @courttette