Vivek Oberoi believed he did nothing wrong by sharing a meme involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that sparked a controversy. The actor stated that he only laughed at the creativity of the meme that made fun of him. He even slammed the politicians who had demanded his arrest for the meme.
In an interview with ANI, Vivek stated, “I don't know why such a big deal has been made about it? Someone sent me the creative meme, I was being made fun of. I laughed over it. I appreciated the person for the creativity, I should laugh on myself, right? I have written there is nothing political about it. We all move ahead in life, she (Aishwarya) is happy, I am happy."
He added, "It is just a small meme, Why the fuss about it? The people in the meme don’t have any objection. All politicians came out to do their politics. They don’t have work, but they are demanding that I be put in jail. There is Didi (Mamata Banerjee) who is putting someone in jail for a meme. They couldn’t stop my movie. They are trying to stop me. This is being naive.”
When asked if he reponed the ‘closed chapter’ of his alleged relationship with Aishwarya, Vivek said, “Closed chapter? Many are still writing about it regularly. It is just a meme, is there is an abusive word or offensive picture? I laughed over the meme that made fun of me, I’ve always been bindaas like that. I’m an expert at apologising, you all have seen, my memes holding the ears. How long will it take for me to do so?”
The actor even told the reporter, “Tell me what is wrong about it. If you tell me, I’m ready to apologise.”
When told about the notices that National Commission for Women and Maharashtra State Commission for Women have sent or are planning to send, Vivek said, “Very good thing, I’d like to meet them and also clarify. I don’t feel I have done anything wrong. I have been associated with women empowerment projects involving 2200 kids. We have rescued them from prostitution, forced labour and provided them free food and education. I will discuss these things with them.”
Vivek also stated, “I don’t think it is harming anyone’s sentiments, if it was, the people concerned would’ve objected.”
The ‘Company’ star also took a dig at Sonam Kapoor who was among the celebrities who lashed out at the tweet. He said some people were trying to sound cool by making such statements. He asked her what had she done for women empowerment and asked her to overreact less on social media.
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Vivek had shared a meme comparing the opinion polls, exit polls, and results with pictures of Aishwarya with Salman Khan, Vivek and Abhishek Bachchan.
Sonam Kapoor, Jwala Gutta, Madhur Bhandarkar, among others condemned the tweet.
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