Actor Siddharth has apologised to Saina Nehwal after receiving heavy criticism for his “rude joke” on the badminton player on Twitter.
The actor had, on January 6, retweeted a post by Nehwal in which she had expressed her concern over the security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Punjab visit on January 5.
In his letter of apology posted on Twitter, Siddarth said, “Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that i wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when i read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that.”
“As for the joke…If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land,” he penned.
“I, however must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman,” he added.
“I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. Honestly, Siddharth,” he signed off.