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Vivek Oberoi deletes offensive tweet about Aishwarya, apologises

May 22, 2019

Actor Vivek Oberoi deleted his tweet sharing an offensive meme on exit polls featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and said he was sorry. This was hours after he initially showed no remorse for his tweet.

On Twitter, Oberoi finally said, "Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted. 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.

Oberoi was served notices from the National Commission and the Maharashtra State Commission for Women.

The meme featured photos of Aishwarya 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". ALong with the post, he posted a line saying, "Haha! creative! No politics here...just life."

The actor was slammed on social media within minutes but he said he had nothing to apologise for. He told a news agency. "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 also said that people were making a "huge issue out of it".

Among those who slammed the actor on Twitter were Sonam Kapoor and badminton player Jwala Gutta. Kapoor called the meme "disgusting and classless" to which Oberoi said, "Stop overacting in your films and stop overreacting on social media. I've been working in women empowerment for 10 years now. I don't think this is hurting anyone's sentiments".

Aishwarya Rai has not responded to the controversy yet.

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