Actor Vivek Oberoi today deleted his tweet sharing an offensive meme on exit polls featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and posted his apologies, hours after a display of defiance.
The actor tweeted, "Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted."
He added, "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."
The actor received hate on social media, the meme forced the Maharashtra State Women's Commission and the National Commission to issue notices.
The meme featured photos of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with actor Salman Khan, with Vivek Oberoi and with her husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya. The pictures were captioned "opinion polls", "exit polls" and "results".
Last evening speaking to news agency ANI said, "I have no problem in apologising, but tell me what wrong have I done? If I have done something wrong I will apologise, I don't think I have done anything wrong."
Actress Sonam Kapoor and sportspersons Jwala Gutta hit out at the actor for his cheap derogatory comments.
Most of the critics asked people to not carry or entertain the filth of the actor's mentality, and some suggested that it was a publicity stunt for his drama movie on the Narendra Modi that hits cinemas this weekend.