Actor Vivek Oberoi today deleted his tweet sharing an offensive meme on exit polls featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and posted his apologies, hours after a display of defiance.
Mr Oberoi has apologised for the crass tweet where he compared the ongoing elections to Salman Khan and Aishwarya’s affair back in the early 2000s.
He wrote, “Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever.”
He also tweeted,”Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies. tweet deleted.”
This apology comes after netizens and celebrities bashed Vivek for digging up Aishwarya and Salman’s affair. Sonam Kapoor slammed him saying that it was “disgusting and classless”. Urmila Matondkar lashed out saying that he should remove the tweet, if not apologise to Aishwarya and her daughter Aaradhya.
Vivek Oberoi was served notice from the National Commission and the Maharashtra State Commission for Women.
The meme featured photos of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with actor Salman Khan, with Vivek Oberoi and with her husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya. The pictures were captioned “opinion polls”, “exit polls” and “results”.
This was the tweet that went viral:
Vivek Oberoi had dug up Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s 2002 affair and compared it to the poll results. He brought up that Aishwarya had once been in a relationship with Salman Khan (calling it opinion poll), but later dated him (exit poll) and finally married Abhishek Bachchan (the end result).
Vivek told news agency ANI: “I have no problem in apologising, but tell me what wrong have I done? If I have done something wrong I will apologise, I don’t think I have done anything wrong.”
People were making a “huge issue out of it”, he said, adding that he just “laughed at the meme”. He also said he was “appreciating the person for the creativity”.
“Those in the meme don’t have a problem, but everyone else has,” he claimed, linking the controversy to his yet-to-be released biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Among those who tore into the actor on Twitter were actor Sonam Kapoor and sportsperson Jwala Gutta.
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