Kevin Smith responded to an Instagram troll who harassed his daughter Harley Quinn Smith

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated August 16, 2016 06:00 PM
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Director Kevin Smith is challenging an online bully to “create” rather than hate after his daughter received a vicious comment from the bully on an Instagram photo.

On Monday, Smith, 46, shared a screenshot of a NSFW note left on a recent photo daughter Harley Quinn Smith posted of herself to Instagram.

The commenter used crude language to bash Harley Quinn, 17, and Smith’s upcoming movie, Yoga Hosers, and wrote, “You’re cancer and I sincerely hope you end up like Lindsay Lohan and dead.”

In response, Smith wrote, “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.”

Still, the star wanted to offer a “nickel’s worth of free advice” for the troll and others that use social media to spread negativity.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Smith challenged the commenter to “create” and find a better skill or talent. He said, “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!”

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The comeback has earned a lot of praise for Smith, with Instagram users writing things to the director like, “You’re awesome…I hope I can be that awesome when my daughter gets older. Kudos!”

Harley Quinn also responded to the the mean commenter on her own account, writing that although she was hurt at first, she realized that she shouldn’t let the harsh words get her down.

“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,” she said, “because if you let them upset you then they’re winning.”

The teen noted that “words are an extremely powerful tool,” and asked her followers to try to use them in the right way.

She concluded, “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!!”