Being a woman on the internet is truly terrible sometimes—even for the daughter of funnyman Director Kevin Smith.
The Clerks and Mallrats actor a shared a misogyny-laden comment directed at his 17-year-old daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, on Instagram today, and it filled us with both rage over the comment and pride at the Smiths’ response.
“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.”
“Even though I should be apoplectic about it, my kid thought it was funny. ‘I’d be mad if I had a tiny dick and anonymous voice too,’ she said, bemused by the bitterness.”
According to the Pew Research Center, women and men experience similar levels of online harassment. But young women experience severe harassment at much higher rates than men: 26% of women aged 18 to 24 have been stalked, compared to 7% of men in the same age group; and 25% of young women have been sexually harassed, versus 13% percent of young men.
As Smith wrote in his Instagram post, “If you’re not being useful in this world you’re being useless. Don’t be useless: go make stuff that makes people happy!”