Vivek Oberoi on Tuesday apologised for sharing a meme onactor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's personal life and deleted the controversialtweet after being severely criticised onsocial media.
Oberoi, who reportedly dated the former Miss World in early2000s, on Monday posted a meme on Twitter with three panels, one featuring him,another with Salman Khan and a third with Aishwarya's husband Abhishek anddaughter Aaradhya.
The meme, a take on the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the resultsof which will be declared on Thursday, was called "crass" and"distasteful".
"Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless atfirst glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 yearsempowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls. I cant even think of beingdisrespectful to any woman ever," he tweeted.
"Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme,it calls for remedial action. Apologies.. Tweet deleted," the actor added.
On Monday night, responding to the controversy Oberoi toldreporters that he had shared the meme because he found it funny and did notunderstand "why people are making a big deal about this."
"Someone sent me a creative meme where I was being madefun of. I just wrote, 'Ha ha,' and appreciated the other person. When someonemakes fun of you, you should laugh and not take it so seriously.
"I even wrote there that there's nothing politicalabout it. It's life and such things happen in life that you are with someoneand then you move on in life," he said.
Social media was quick to blast the actor, who is currentlypromoting his upcoming film "PM Narendra Modi", over his"distasteful" tweet.
Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor called the meme"disgusting and classless"' in a tweet while Urmila Matondkar, who isthe Congress candidate from Mumbai North, called out Oberoi for not having thecourtesy of pulling down the tweet despite criticism.
The National Commission for Women sent a notice to Oberoi,asking him to give an explanation for sharing the "insulting" and"misogynist" tweet.