On Tuesday, popular Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has deleted his Twitter post, in which he has shared an offensive meme on exit polls featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and posted his apologies, hours after defiance display.
Early this morning, Mr. Oberoi tweets: “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted.”
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 can’t even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever.”
He was accused of sharing the meme and served notice from National Commission and Maharashtra State Commission for Women.
It featured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Salman Khan, Vivek Oberoi and her husband Abhisekh Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan, with caption “opinion polls”, “exit polls”, and “results”.
Within minutes, Twitter has warned Mr. Oberoi, who has captioned his posting, reads: “Haha! creative! No politics here…just life.”
Last evening, the actor has dug in his heels and claims had nothing to apologise. He was quoted saying to source, “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 are making a “huge issue out of its”, replied that he has just “laughed at the meme”. He further “appreciating the person for the creativity.”
Vivek Oberoi claims, “Those in the meme don’t have a problem, but everyone else has,” linked the controversy to his upcoming release of biopic, PM Narendra Modi.
Among those who has shown angry on Twitter were sportsperson Jwala Gutta and actress Sonam Kapoor.