Vivek Oberoi apologises, deletes tweet after sharing meme on Aishwarya Rai

Bollywood Actor Vivek Oberoi on Tuesday apologised for sharing a meme on exit polls featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He also deleted the controversial tweet after being severely criticised on social media.

“Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted,” Oberoi 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,” Oberoi said in a tweet.

Vivek Oberoi posted a meme featuring photos of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 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”.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday sent a notice to Vivek Oberoi for posting a meme about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s personal life and comparing it with the Lok Sabha elections exit polls. 

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma called Vivek Oberoi’s tweet “distasteful” and “disgusting”, but also said that a legal notice will be served to the actor.