Vivek Oberoi faced social media ire for sharing a Lok Sabha election exit poll meme that had Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s relationship photographs stamped all over it.
On 20th May, the actor had shared a collage of three images featuring him, Aishwarya, her husband Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya’s seven-year-old daughter Aaradhya.
Soon after he shared the meme, social media lashed out against the actor. Oberoi deleted his tweet earlier today and posted a couple of apologies.
“Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted,” the actor tweeted this morning.
“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 can’t even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever,” he wrote in another post.
Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies🙏🏻 tweet deleted.
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 21, 2019
The actor also faced the wrath of celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Badminton player Jwala Gutta over his election meme that compares Aishwarya’s life with the 2019 LS polls’ predicted result.
Oberoi dated the former Miss World and actor in early 2000s.
While Sonam Kapoor responded by saying, “Disgusting and classless,” Jwala called his actions “disappointing.”
Disgusting and classless. https://t.co/GUB7K6dAY8
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) May 20, 2019
Oberoi hit back at Kapoor, stating that he respected her father and that she had done nothing to empower women over the last ten years, while he, on the other hand, had helped girls escape child prostitution, and much more.
Vivek Oberoi speaks on Sonam Kapoor’s reaction to his tweet (on exit polls), “…Aap apni filmon mein thoda kam overact karein aur social media pe thoda kam overreact karein. I’ve been working in women empowerment for 10 yrs now. I don’t think this is hurting anyone’s sentiments” pic.twitter.com/pOWAwO29N6
— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2019
The actor was served notices from the National Commission for Women and the Maharashtra State Commission for Women.
Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women also responded to the actor’s action on social media. She shared a tweet which said, “It is hardly hilarious. It’s crass, disgusting and reveals the sick mentality of its ‘creator’@vivekoberoi. Evident that the man lacks everything – political as well as life skills.”
It is hardly hilarious. It’s crass, disgusting and reveals the sick mentality of its ‘creator’@vivekoberoi. Evident that the man lacks everything – political as well as life skills. https://t.co/0shNo67lpX
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) May 20, 2019
In the commission’s notice, a copy of which that is dated 20th May, that was shared on their Twitter handle, they demanded a “satisfactory explanation to the commission on the matter on receipt of this notice”.
— NCW (@NCWIndia) May 20, 2019
Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson Maharashtra Women’s Commission featured in a video shared by the Maharashtra State Commission’s official handle in which she said, “What he has tweeted cannot be considered as ‘creativity’… He is a responsible actor and we did not expect this behaviour from him. We have taken note of this and we will be sending him a notice to him.”
अभिनेता विवेक ओबेरॉय ने किया हुआ ट्वीट महिलाओंका अनादर करनेवाला है। इस ट्वीट का संज्ञान महाराष्ट्र राज्य महिला आयोग ने लिया है। आयोग उनको जल्द ही नोटीस भेजेगा।
— Maharashtra Women Commission (@mscw_bandra) May 20, 2019
Last evening, however, the actor had said he had nothing to apologize for. “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, he told ANI, further adding that everyone was making a ” huge issue out of it” when he had just “laughed at the meme”.
“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, reported NDTV.
On the work front, the actor will be seen playing the titular character of PM in Omung Kumar’s directorial, PM Narendra Modi which is slated to release on 24th May 2019.