‘I can’t even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever’: Vivek Oberoi apologises for exit poll meme, deletes tweet

Vivek Anand Oberoi apologised for the exit poll meme where he compared the ongoing elections to Aishwarya’s affairs with Salman Khan and him and then her marriage to Abhishek Bachchan.

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

Reacting to the heavy criticism on social media after he shared the meme, Oberoi said Monday there was much ado about a “non-issue” and people were “politicising” the post unnecessarily.

Oberoi, who had dated the former Miss World in the early 2000s, posted a meme with three panels, one with him, another with Salman Khan and a third with her husband Abhishek and daughter Aaradhya on Twitter, captioned ‘opinion poll’, ‘exit polls’ and ‘results’

“Haha! creative! No politics here… just life,” Oberoi captioned the photo and credited the Twitter account that shared it.

Asked about the controversy over the tweet, Oberoi told reporters he doesn’t understand “why people are making a big deal about this.”

“Someone sent me a creative meme where I was being made fun of. I just wrote, ‘Ha ha,’ and appreciated the other person. When someone makes fun of you, you should laugh and not take it so seriously.

“I even wrote there that there’s nothing political about it. It’s life and such things happen in life that you are with someone and then you move on in life.”

The actor said Aishwarya is “happy in her life and I am happy in mine”.

“It’s just a small meme. To take it so seriously and then give such a big reaction… The people, who are in the meme, haven’t objected to it. But everyone has politicised it.”

Aishwarya is currently in Cannes for the prestigious film festival.