Vivek Oberoi Deletes Aishwarya Rai Meme, Apologises


Mumbai: After inviting the ire of many for tweeting a tasteless meme on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, actor Vivek Oberoi on Tuesday issued an apology on Twitter. He also deleted the offensive tweet featuring the meme.

The actor tweeted, “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 added, “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies. tweet deleted.”

The PM Narendra Modi actor on Monday tweeted a collage of three photos of Aishwarya Rai with Salman Khan, himself and Aishwarya’s husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya. The meme compared Aishwarya’s relationships to poll results.

”Haha! creative! No politics here….just life” read the caption of the tweet.

As the tweet went viral, many Bollywood celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar and Madhur Bhandarkar reacted on it and called Oberoi’s tweet ‘disgraceful and distasteful’. The National Commission for Women (NCW) also issued a notice to Vivek Oberoi.