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Kevin Smith Defends Actress Daughter, Harley Quinn, Against Online Bullies: ‘Don’t Be Useless’

A comment on his 17-year-old's Instagram feed sparked a strongly-worded response.

Kevin Smith and Harley Quinn Smith

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Kevin Smith doesn’t have time for online bullies, especially when they go and harass his 17-year-old daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. While nowadays it seems like nobody can escape an internet troll, that doesn’t mean we have to put up with the inappropriate messages that get sent.

After seeing an insensitive and crude comment on his daughter’s Instagram, calling her ugly, talentless and using other foul language, the “Yoga Hosers” helmer took to Facebook to pen a strongly-worded letter about the online bullying.

“What it’s like to be my daughter: 17-year-old Harley Quinn Smith received this message simply for the heinous crime of posting a pic of herself on Instagram,” Smith wrote, including the screenshot of the inappropriate comment. “Wow – way to unload on a teen girl because YOU have nothing to do in life.”

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“But even though I should be apoplectic about it, my kid thought it was funny. ‘I’d be mad if I had a tiny d**k and anonymous voice too,’ she said, bemused by the bitterness,” he continued.

Smith went on to give the trolls some “free advice” on how to better live their lives instead of harassing teens: “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.”

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“You want attention?,” he asked. “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!”

You can read the comment that sparked Smith’s response and his full letter by clicking here.

Both Smith and his daughter are working on the comedy “Yoga Hosers,” which also stars  Johnny Depp and his daughter Lily-Rose Depp. The film will be released in theaters on September 2.

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