Like any parent, Kevin Smith could not just sit by in silence when he saw his daughter, Harley Quinn, being bullied. On Tuesday, the famed director took to Instagram to directly address a troll who left a nasty comment for his 17-year-old.
Harley Quinn is already an accomplished actor. Two of her credits include her father's films: "Tusk" and "Yoga Hosers."
On Instagram, she and her dad both shared a screen grab of the comment. This was Kevin's epic response.
Kevin chose not to respond with anger or attacks. Instead, he offered the Instagram user "kingpsysyphus" (whose account is private and has the tagline "Mr. Awesome"), some free advice.
"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," writes Kevin. "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."
He finishes with this pearl of wisdom: "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!"
Kevin's followers loved his advice. "Good man, good dad, way to speak with truth and kindness," wrote one.
"Best. Father. Ever! I couldn't be ½ as classy as you were in your response," said another.
Harley Quinn also responded with excellent advice to anyone who has experienced a cyberbully. She explained to her fans that she laughed off the hurtful comment and decided that it wouldn't ruin her day.
"You may be thinking why are they making such a big deal out of a stupid online comment," she wrote. "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."
"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 was obviously looking to ruin someone's day," she continues. "Everyone is so fantastic in their own unique way so don't let anyone try to demean you of your worth."
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