Example 1: Responding to an Instagram Troll Who Cyberbullied HarleyThere's a great article on it from Greg Gilman at The Wrap. I'll summarize it as best I can:
- A troll tries to take a bite out of Harley Quinn Smith.
- Smith responds not with vitriol or a counterattack, which would not surprise anyone if he were not Kevin Smith, but he is, and he fired back with some sage advice.
"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!"
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 dick 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 bitch 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! #KevinSmith #HarleyQuinnSmith #YogaHosers
Example 2: Response to an Uber Driver Who Tried to Abduct Harley
- Shit-for-brains Uber driver tries to abduct Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley.
- She avoids a really terrifying situation.
- Kevin sends out an immediate warning tweet to his 3.36 million followers.
- Gets Harley a big "Sorry Men Suck" cake.
Example 3: Donating His Residuals From Weinstein Movies to Women in Film
He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed. https://t.co/T0hInW7EqJ— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 9, 2017
Those are just a few big, public examples of Kev doing the right thing. Countless other more subtle examples can be found by listening to one of his many podcasts or going to one of his patented An Evening With Kevin Smith Q&A sessions, or simply following him on Twitter. Hell, when he heard about the elder abuse happening with comic book legend Stan Lee his first instinct was to reach out and offer the 95-year-old Lee a place to live and this was AFTER Kevin himself suffered a near-fatal heart attack just six weeks earlier!
So, for anyone who cares, I'm back on the Kevin Smith fanboy train (again) though I'm not sure I ever fully left. To this day I wonder if he ever hung the photo art I gave him.
In SMOD we trust.
Thank you, sir, for continuing to create, for continuing to inspire others to create, and for making it appear easy to always do the right thing.
- Brick Walls, New Beginnings (a Potato Chip Math blog post)
- An Evening Without Kevin Smith (a Potato Chip Math blog post)
- Cyberbully (by Greg Gilman at The Wrap)
- Abduction attempt (by Stephanie Webber at US Weekly)
- Women in Film donation (by Joyce Chen at Rolling Stone)
- Stan Lee (by Bryan Hood at Page Six)
- Heart attack (by Nicole Hensley at NY Daily News)