Recently, actor Vivek Oberoi posted a meme that was a dig on his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Though the actor might have shared the meme in fun, but it didn’t go well with netizens, celebrities, and especially women.
Riding high on the election season and subtly weaving it with his upcoming political biopic, the meme was clearly politically inspired (although he said it wasn’t) and was instantly shot down by people for being in bad taste, and that he shouldn’t have been so insensitive. The issue was fueled to the point that Vivek Oberoi received a notice from the National Commission for Women (NCW). Many celebrities spoke against him as well.
As of this morning, the actor deleted the meme from his feed, and posted an apology. But as they say, blunders of social media can never be erased. Here’s the infamous meme that brought on such distaste:
Have a look at the cheap & ill mentality of this guy who's just forgot he's a celebrity & people view his thoughts & actions. Such blind faith politically for somebody leads to such disasters.. Shame on you Vivek sir ?? I won't watch your shows, movies anymore #VivekOberoi pic.twitter.com/ypyc348eCd
— Rounak Rathod (@Dr_RR_) May 20, 2019
This disgusting tweet of urs @vivekoberoi makes it pre-evident why u hv been a thorough loser in ur career n relationships..Such a misogynist as u r,is well suited for BJP..Guess,u hv imbibed the art of not apologising for ur blunders frm Mr.Modi himself..Shame on u #VivekOberoi pic.twitter.com/A880Gusfhy
— Ragini Nayak (@NayakRagini) May 20, 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
Sonam Kapoor, as always held no bars on commenting about this. Here’s what she said:
Disgusting and classless. https://t.co/GUB7K6dAY8
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) May 20, 2019
While some are calling Sonam Kapoor a hypocrite because she had once tweeted about how Tanmay Bhat’s joke should be taken as just that and that we should focus on real issues; others stand with her. However, Vivek reacted to this by asking her to overact less in her films and to overreact less on social media in an interview with Hindustan Times.
But the question that is looming like a black cloud is that –Is all of this is a conscious attempt to come in news and a publicity stunt to promote his upcoming film ‘PM Narendra Modi’? No one can say for sure, but if at all it is, it is something we didn’t expect from him.
And if there are celebrities involved, how can the twitterati not be. People gave mixed reactions to this –some were outraged and shaming him, others were of the opinion that it should be taken as a joke and that because of one tweet we shouldn’t forget that Oberoi has done a lot for social causes.
Apologising doesn't mean you are right or wrong. It means you value the release of your chaatu movie more than what your ex girlfriend feels. #VivekOberoi
— Chowkidar Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) May 21, 2019
Being a BJP supporter, misogyny runs in his blood. Shaming his ex for having multiple relationships is normal for @vivekoberoi for bootlicking of BJP.
Each and every person rooting for BJP is full of misogyny.
At least become a decent human being if not a good actor.#VivekOberoi
— Nabiya Khan (@NabiyaKhan11) May 20, 2019
Very disgraceful and in extreme bad taste of #VivekOberoi to put up such a disrespectful post. At least show the decency to pull off the post if not apologise to the lady and her little girl.
— Urmila Matondkar (@OfficialUrmila) May 20, 2019
Please don't troll #VivekOberoi for disrespecting Aishwarya Rai. He was just trying to get into the role of Narendra Modi for promotion of Modi Biopic.
— Cloudy Jet Lee(Vasooli Bhai) (@Vishj05) May 20, 2019
— Kamlesh Sutar (@kamleshsutar) May 20, 2019
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan must be feeling proud of her decision that she left this piece of crap #VivekOberoi and left him on his turmoil.
And just imagine you have to see this guy playing Prime Minister #NarendraModi
I am gonna report and block him.
You should too. pic.twitter.com/d6d2u5JgvB
— Abhishek Parihar (@BlogDrive) May 20, 2019
— Kamil Bhura (@kamil_bhura) May 20, 2019
Women commission instead of seating in chilled AC room and sending letter to others should come on the ground and see the condition of women and discrimination done to them. Just targeting celebrities and sending letter is just a drama. Grow up guys.
— Manav makwanaa (@Makwana159) May 20, 2019
Even though the people’s verdict on this matter is still not concrete, it surely raises some pertinent questions.