Vivek Oberoi has apologized for the crass tweet where he compared the ongoing elections to Salman Khan and Aishwarya’s affair back in the early 2000s.
He wrote, “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 also tweeted, “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies. tweet deleted.”
This apology comes after netizens and celebrities bashed Vivek for digging up Aishwarya and Salman’s affair. Sonam Kapoor slammed him by saying that it was “disgusting and classless”. Urmila Matondkar also lashed out saying that he should remove the tweet, if not apologize to Aishwarya and her daughter Aaradhya.
This was the tweet that went viral:
Vivek Oberoi had dug up Salman Khan and Aishwarya’s 2002 affair compared it to the poll results. He brought up that Aishwarya had once been in a relationship with Salman Khan (calling it opinion poll), but later dated him (exit poll) and finally married Abhishek Bachchan (the end result).
The actor has also been given a legal notice by the National Commission Of Women.
Interestingly, yesterday, Vivek had maintained a rather defiant stance about his tasteless meme and said that Sonam was overreacting.
He told ANI, “Those who are in the meme have no objection while scores of politicians are trying to politicise the issue. They don’t work on issues but start their politics on such non-issues. There is a ‘Didi’ in West Bengal who puts people behind jail for a meme. Now, these people are demanding to put Vivek Oberoi behind bars. They were unable to stop my film and hence are now are trying to put me behind bars.”
He also added that he did not see any abuse or obscenity in the meme and that it was just a “creative meme made in the time of elections”. ” I have no problem in saying sorry as I am an expert in saying sorry. But, please, tell me what wrong have I said,” said Vivek Oberoi.
He said that he did not know why people were making an issue of it and that he had “just laughed at it” and that he appreciated the person who made the meme for his “creativity.” “If someone mocks you, you should not take it seriously,” he had said.