New Delhi: Actor Vivek Oberoi tweeted a meme showing actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to express his take on the exit polls of the Lok Sabha election, which were released soon after the seventh and last phase of the election got over. In the meme, Rai was shown with actor Salman Khan, Vivek Oberoi himself and her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan.
The meme contains three different images and shows Aishwarya Rai’s personal life with the exit-poll results. There have been reports that Khan and Oberoi have been in relationship with Rai before she married Abhishek Bachchan.
In the meme, a picture of Khan and Rai was depicted under “Opinion poll”, the one with Oberoi himself as “Exit poll” and the final one with Abhishek and Aaradhya, their daughter, as “Result”.
The tweet with the meme immediately triggered an outcry. Many Twitter users found this meme to be distasteful and condemned Oberoi for using Rai’s past relationships like this. This also didn’t go unnoticed by the National Commission of women.
According to medi reports, the NCW, on Monday, issued him a notice to explanation the tweet with the meme. The chairperson of NCW was reported as saying, “We would like him (Vivek Oberoi) to apologize on social media and personally also to the person concerned. If he doesn’t do, we will see what legal action we can take against him. We will be talking to Twitter to remove that tweet immediately.”
The Maharashtra Commission for Women has also taken this tweet seriously. Commission chief Vijaya Rahatkar said a notice will be sent to the actor in this regard.
Following the outcry, Oberoi deleted the tweet and wrote on Twitter that he didn’t mean any disrespect to any woman. He also apologized and said he had deleted the tweet.
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.— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 21, 2019
Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies🙏🏻 tweet deleted.— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 21, 2019