Twitter has slammed Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi for sharing a crass meme taking a dig at former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai’s personal life and her relationships.
Referring to the 2019 exit polls’ predictions doing social media rounds, predicting the win of the present NDA government, the meme captions a picture of Aishwarya Rai and her ex-boyfriend Salman Khan as “opinion poll”, Aishwarya with Vivek, whom she also dated in the past, as “exit poll”, and Aishwarya with Abhishek Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya as “result”.
Vivek Oberoi re-posted the meme crediting a person named Pavan Singh for making it, and called the meme creative, “Haha… Creative! No politics here… just life,” he said.
Haha! ? creative! No politics here….just life ??
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 20, 2019
Celebrities and others on Twitter have called him out for being disrespectful and creepy, and said he had not known to respect women in the past too. Sonam Kapoor shared a tweet by journalist Nidhi Razdan asking him to move on, and called the tweet disgusting and classless. Badminton player Jwala Gutta, Video Jockey Ria and other people too called him out.
Extremely absurd of you to tweet this!! Disappointing!
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) May 20, 2019
What a shame @vivekoberoi ur a father too. Imagine if someone some day does exactly the same thing to ur daugther how will u feel rather than been a good human being and condemning it u are praising the person.. This is sick.
Didn't expect u of all too stoop so low. https://t.co/iHliWBKmiG
— RiA (@RiaRevealed) May 20, 2019
Get over it. This meme isn't about you and you know it well. Your disguised and sly attempt of popularizing this crass graphic on aishwarya can only fool some dumb folks here. Jerk!
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 20, 2019
Today Vivek Oberoi has proved beyond doubt that he indeed is truly a BJP poster boy by mindset & character
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) May 20, 2019
— Shuchi Singh Kalra (@shuchikalra) May 20, 2019
This is in such poor taste.. ones personal life is not to be discussed here.. remember there are 4 individuals who are father/ mother/ brother /sister .. and everyone has moved on .. shame
— Sushant Kumar (@sushantksay) May 20, 2019
Some People never grow up in life …This guy never knew how to respect a woman, and don't think he will ever learn to… Once a loser , always a loser @vivekoberoi #VivekOberoi pic.twitter.com/n6QVQsZgDU
— Kamlesh Sutar (@kamleshsutar) May 20, 2019
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
— Aishwaria (@aishwaria_s) May 20, 2019
According to ANI, the Maharashtra Women’s Commission is considering taking action against the actor.
Maharashtra Women Commission: Maharashtra State Commission for Woman mulling to take action against actor Vivek Oberoi on his objectionable tweet (on exit polls). pic.twitter.com/rF0sgxqnwx
— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2019
In a now-infamous 2003 press conference, Vivek Oberoi had alleged that he was being threatened by Salman Khan because he was dating Aishwarya Rai. Post this, Aishwarya and he broke up. She went on to marry Abhishek Bachchan.
Aishwarya is currently at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France, while Vivek is awaiting the release of his biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, directed by Omung Kumar, which was postponed because of the Lok Sabha elections. It will now release on May 24, a day after the results are announced. In January, ahead of the elections, Vivek Oberoi even suggested he might join politics in the future, and if he did, he would contest from Vadodara in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.