In a revealing new op-ed written by Michael Douglas, the iconic actor opens up about facing anti-Semitism — and revealed his young son Dylan was recently the target of extremely hurtful remarks during a family vacation.
"During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him," the 70-year-old actor wrote.
Michael with his wife, Catherine, and their two children, Dylan (right) and Carys (left), in December 2014. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
The Oscar winner explained he then realized the Star of David necklace his 14-year-old son — whose mom is Michael's wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones — was wearing may have caused the man's outburst.
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"I went to the pool and asked the attendants to point out the man who had yelled at him. We talked. It was not a pleasant discussion. Afterward, I sat down with my son and said, 'Dylan, you just had your first taste of anti-Semitism,' the father-of-three continued.
Michael, Carys, Dylan and Catherine in February 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In the essay, Michael — who was born to a Jewish father, Kirk Douglas, and Christian-raised Diana Dill — additionally urged readers to "confront anti-Semitism whenever we see it" and to "combat it individually and as a society and use whatever platform we have to denounce it" to "stop the spread of this madness."
Michael's op-ed was published by 'The Los Angeles Times.'
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