Director Kevin Smith’s daughter has told the world that she was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Harley Quinn Smith, 16, posted a shocking story on Instagram about how two men disguised as Uber drivers attempted to abduct her in Los Angeles. She’s the only child of Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith and his wife, actress Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Smith Called Her Would-Be Kidnappers ‘2 Disgusting Dudes Trying to Kidnap a Girl’
Smith said on February 1 that she was “almost kidnapped.” She posted on her Instagram page:
There were two white men (age 20-30) in the driver (blonde hair) and passenger (brown hair) seat with an uber sign on their front window, but they were most definitely not uber drivers.
When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn’t answer me and said to get in the car. They didn’t have the uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own.
She added that although she filed a police report, she didn’t get the license plate of the car. Smith also gave a message to other young women who use Uber:
Protect yourself and never ever get in a car without checking that it’s the correct car first!!! If you see a car like this PLEASE report it to the police and stop them from trying to pray (sic) on other young girls!!! We have already reported it to the police, but more information would be helpful in finding them. Be careful and look out for yourself/others!!!!
Later, her father made her cake with the writing “Sorry Men Suck” on it.
2. She’s the Star of Her Dad’s Latest Movie
Smith is an aspiring actress and has had bit parts in her father’s movies, Clerks II and Jersey Girl, according to to her IMDb page. Her next role is alongside Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily Rose-Depp, in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers. The movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24. She will also take a role in her father’s upcoming TV show Hollyweed. As well as the horror movie Holidays, which is also being directed, in part, by her dad.
3. Smith Is Named After Batman Villain Harley Quinn
Smith was born in June 1999 and named after one of the Batman universe’s most haunting villains, Harley Quinn. The family live in the Hollywood Hills together. Her mother, Jennifer Schwalbach, met Kevin Smith while she was interviewing him for a USA Today article, according to the director.
4. Her Dad Gave Her a Bat for Protection in Preparation for Her First Trip to the Sundance Film Festival
Just prior to leaving for the Sundance festival, Kevin Smith gave his daughter the bat used by Harley Quinn upcoming movie Suicide Squad.. Smith told the New York Post about the gift saying, “My dad was like, ‘I don’t know what’s gonna happen at Sundance, but I want you to have this totem to fend off anybody you meet . . . since it’s your first Sundance.”
5. She Was Forced to Rant About Online Slut Shaming Trolls After Her Halloween Costume Provoked Controversy
Just after Halloween, Smith was forced to take to Instagram to defend her choice of costume, a Harley Quinn get up. She had become the target of Internet slut shaming trolls so Smith responded with this statement:
I shouldn’t have to explain myself, but some people are so ignorant that I feel like I have to put some sense into the situation. The fact that people have the nerve to slut shame and body shame me, a 16 year old girl who is fully capable of making her own rational decisions, is ridiculous.
Halloween is my favorite day of the entire year and the fact that people would go out of their way to comment on not only mine, but my fathers photo to either criticize his parenting or to shame me for my “promiscuous” outfit is just truly like you’re trying to take the fun out of my day.
Women and men are in charge of their own bodies, so why when it comes to women are we so harshly criticized? I am allowed to wear whatever I want and I really shouldn’t have to explain myself, but it honestly alarmed me how quick people were to judge me for simply showing cleavage. However, what shocked me more was their urgency to point it out to my father and I, therefore not only bringing it to my family’s attention, but also spreading the idea of slut shaming.
Do I have to remind you all that I’m 16? You can take that in either way as I’m too young or old enough to dress that way, but don’t verbalize your opinions if YOU KNOW (and you definitely do know if you have a functioning brain) that they’re going to be hurtful. Being 16 means to me that I am a smart, sensible woman who is fully in charge of their mind and body so I really don’t need anybody trying to interfere with my capabilities.
So the next time anyone thinks it’s a good idea to shame ANYONE for the way they dress or look, think twice you misogynistic little fuck because your comments can be very hurtful to a lot of people and you’re also setting yourself up to be the next modern day and age slut shammer.
And for the record, whatever you assholes were trying to accomplish whether it was ruin my night or make my parents reconsider their parenting skills, you did not succeed because I had the most fun Halloween and my parents know they raised me right SO you just wasted time out of the best day of the year to be a complete and utter idiot!