Vivek Oberoi apologises for Aishwarya Rai meme, deletes offensive tweet

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 21, 2019, 10.47 AM(IST)

A still from Kyun! Ho Gaya Na featuring Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai Photograph:( Others )

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In an apology tweet, Vivek wrote, "Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted.”

Vivek Oberoi has been in news ever since he shared an offensive meme on exit polls featuring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Now, the actor has apologised for posting the tweet and making a remark on it. 

In an apology tweet, Vivek wrote, "Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted.”

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"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.

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Vivek came under scrutiny after he shared the meme and was backlashed by the National Commission and the Maharashtra State Commission for Women. They even served him a notice in the same regard. 

For those who have not seen it, the meme featured Aishwarya with her husband and former partners -- Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. Three pictures were clubbed together and called "opinion polls", "exit polls" and "results". 

Vivek had shared the image and captioned it, "Haha! creative! No politics here...just life."

Last night, Vivek reacting on the backlash had said that he could apologise but there was nothing to say sorry for. He said, "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."

"Those in the meme don't have a problem, but everyone else has,” he added.