Vivek Oberoi Apologises and Deletes Offensive Aishwarya Rai Meme

In a new development, actor Vivek Oberoi has deleted the distasteful meme on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that he had shared on Monday. The actor also apologised for sharing the meme with the message, “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies, tweet deleted.”

Vivek apologised via Twitter on Tuesday morning, while defending himself by stating that he was empowered over 2000 underprivileged girls in the last 10 years and so would not be disrespectful to any woman. Check out the actor’s tweets here:

Earlier, even after facing a lot of flak for the meme he posted on Twitter, Vivek Oberoi had refused to apologise. He said he couldn’t understand why people were making a huge issue out of it. In an interview to ANI, Vivek said that he hasn’t done anything wrong. “Somebody tweeted a meme and I laughed”, he said.

Vivek even reacted to Sonam Kapoor’s remark calling his tweet “disgusting and classless.”

Catch the interview here:

Vivek Oberoi on Monday, 20 May, got criticized for sharing a meme that compared stages of election polls to ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai and her relationships. The actor shared a viral image on twitter that labeled photos of Aishwarya with Salman Khan, Vivek and husband Abhishek Bachchan as ‘opinion poll’, ‘exit poll’ and ‘result’ respectively. Many Twitter users found Vivek’s post unsavoury.

While Maharashtra State Commission for Women was mulling action against Vivek for the objectionable tweet, the National Commission for Women has issued a legal notice to the actor demanding explanation for his tweet.

Earlier, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma not only called the tweet "distasteful" and "disgusting", but also said that a legal notice will be served to the actor.

In the tweet, Vivek wrote, “Haha! creative! No politics here....just life.” Take a look.

Aishwarya has famously dated Salman Khan in the past and this lead to a public spat between Vivek and the Bharat star.

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Journalist Nidhi Razdan found Vivek’s tweet “distasteful” and told him to “move on.” Sonam Kapoor responded on Nidhi Razdan’s tweet, calling out the meme ‘disgusting and classless.’

Journalist Rupa Subramanya replied, “Wow what a lout. Disgraceful.”

Writer Rana Ayyub said, “this is sick.”

Activist Sadhavi Khosla said, “ Very cheap @vivekoberoi!! This ain’t a joke. Let someone show this to your wife. I always had sympathies for you but after seeing this post, all I have to say is that Aishwarya made a sensible decision and learn something from @BeingSalmanKhan on how to behave! @juniorbachchan

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