"Vivek Oberoi must have got carried away & shared a meme which was distasteful"
Bollywood stars can sometimes go to any length to get publicity for their favoured party. Vivek Oberoi did just that by retweeted a meme digging up the personal past of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
While the nation is stuck to its televisions screens awaiting the results of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, many netizens are not impressed with Vivek’s tasteless joke.
Using the election as a backdrop and a comparison between poll results, Oberoi used a meme produced by another Twitter user whom he credits as @pavansingh1985.
The tweet shows a meme featuring Salman and Aishwarya’s relationship captioned ‘OPINION POLL’, his relationship with Aishwarya captioned ‘EXIT POLL’ and then Aishwarya with her husband and daughter, referring to whom she ended up with, captioned ‘RESULT’.
The meme collages the affairs Aishwarya had with the three men.
First, Salman and Aishwarya’s relationship which made headlines in 2000 and ended in 2002.
Secondly, when Aishwarya dated Oberoi which she never admitted publicly but broke ties with him after Oberoi at a press conference accused a drunk Salman calling him 41 times with threats to kill him.
Thirdly, in 2007 when Aishwarya married Abhishek Bachchan and had their daughter Aaradhya.
Reactions to the tweet were not supportive by any means, to his crass use of personal relationships for the purpose of election propaganda.
A lot of users of Twitter had their say on the use of the meme by Oberoi and why he should not have retweeted the image disrespecting Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Shruti Pathak wrote:
“Vivek Oberoi must have got carried away & shared a meme which was distasteful. There are no two ways about it. But what stands out from this episode is Bollywood’s quick response. People like Sonam kapoor never utter a word regarding Salman’s misdeeds. #VivekOberoi #SalmanKhan”
RS Gully Boy said:
“#VivekOberoi is trending!This is sick!Is he happy now 4 dragging others!a Low life cant respect women,kid&personal life+ His caption is worse!!Aish wont allow ppl to tweet meme about her she doesnt ecourage this!RT meme on ur own life but delete this &apologize. Jitesh then him”
Supriya Rajput tweeted:
“This man have no respect for women.. how does he dare to tweet something like this..”
“can’nt you understand that She is someone’s wife, mother & daughter. #vivekoberoi”
Miss D’s reaction said:
“I thought the same at first( just a silly meme) but was quite surprised that he would retweet it, which am sure it never occurs to #VivekOberoi at the time how harmful it would be for him. He should correct his action now.”
Pakhi Shukla wrote:
“Hey @vivekoberoi you are such a disgrace… You have no rights to indulge in the personal life of any woman… Now can you please #RT this image if you have guts…
This is a mere sample of how many negative reactions he has received for tweeting the image.
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor was not impressed by his tweet either, calling it “Disgusting and classless”.
Vivek plays PM Modi in a biopic and some people say this is a publicity stunt by the actor for the film.
But the majority of people do not find this funny or clever at all. As to whether he deletes the “tasteless” tweet remains to seen.