“This troll said he wanted me DEAD.”
Hate is everywhere these days, and the accessibility and expanse of the internet makes it easier to spread vitriol than ever before. Now, while comfortably avoiding the reality of in-person conflict, those pusillanimous trolls of the internet hide safely behind their semi-anonymous profiles while making disparaging comments or otherwise promote their spiteful and likely self-loathing agenda.
Perhaps no community is more aware of how far humanity has fallen than celebrities with social media. Whether or not they check what their fans and haters write in the comments, no celebrity profile or platform is free from the bullying: direct insults to themselves and their families, uncalled for critiques of their talent, and all-around bewildering comments.
Every once in a while, however, the harsh words of this endless troll army crack through the shield of stardom and elicit a response from these famous artists and entertainers, allowing their wrath or otherwise empathetic display of humanity shine through. While Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram this week citing too much hate from the masses over his difficult relationship with Selena Gomez, other celebrities fight fire with fire, striking back at the trolls where it hurts most.
When famous comedy director Kevin Smith’s 17-year-old daughter Harley Quinn Smith was viciously called out by a troll after simply posting an Instagram of herself from last week’s Sundance Next Fest, the father-daughter duo came out to put the troll on blast, leaving a super inspiring message in their wake.
What would you have said if it were your daughter?
It all started like any other Instagram post. Much like the millions of users who posts selfies or random photos of themselves every day, Harley Quinn Smith, 17, shared a picture of herself from the Sundance Next Fest, which was held in Los Angeles from August 12-14. A zoomed-in portrait, Harley captioned the picture, “a pic that could not possibly be more up close and personal if it tried from #sundancenextfest the other day”
Amid compliments from hundreds of strangers, there were also insults, but none stood out to Harley Quinn so much as this one:
“You’re ugly as s**t. And that steaming horse s**t of a movie, yoga hosers, should be banned. F**k your talentless c**t of a father for trying to compare it with the matrix. You’re cancer and I sincerely hope you end up like Lindsay Lohan and dead.”
While millions of comments like this are posted daily and either flagged, deleted, or simply ignored, this comment struck a chord with the Smiths, and Kevin got involved right away.
Dad Fights Back
“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 d**k 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 b***h 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!”
Amazingly, the director turned this one troll’s anger into a positive message for all his 784,000+ followers—as well as those of us who would later read the story—to learn from. But Harley Quinn wasn’t hiding behind her dad, and she came back out with an uplifting message, too.