Kevin Smith has some advice for online bullies who attack his 17-year-old daughter: Go make some art.
The Hollywood actor, writer and director took to Instagram to share a screen grab of a vicious comment a bully left beneath a photo of his daughter, actress Harley Quinn Smith.
"Wow — way to unload on a teen girl because YOU have nothing to do in life," Smith blasted back in his own strongly wordednote defending Harley Quinn, who stars opposite Lily-Rose Depp, 17, and her famous dad Johnny, in Smith's upcoming horror comedy "Yoga Hosers."
"[H]ere'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," wrote the self-taught filmmaker, who famously sold his comic book collection to fund his groundbreaking 1994 debut, "Clerks."
Smith then challenged online bullies to channel their creativity into making art of their own.
"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," he wrote. "Show the world WHY we should be paying attention to you instead of anyone else."
"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," wrote the director, his tone turning more empathic.
"Create something nobody's ever seen before and there is a good chance the world will notice you," he wrote.
Attacking teen girls on the internet, said Smith, "requires no discernible skill or talent."
"You want attention?" he wrote. "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!" Smith concluded.