After facing much backlash from his fans, Akshay Kumar revealed that he will no longer be the ambassador of the pan masala brand that he had signed up for recently. To make things more complicated, the celebrity’s apology has raised some more eyebrows as Twitter digs out an old image of Akshay Kumar endorsing a cigarette brand.
Akshay Kumar Faces Backlash
The Bollywood Khiladi has had to face huge backlash following his endorsement of the pan masala brand, Vimal. This is because he had earlier vowed to never associate himself with any pan masala brand. His contradictory steps have drawn widespread criticism from netizens with various memes highlighting his hypocrisy circulating on social media platforms.
As a result, the actor has decided to withdraw from the pan masala brand in what seems like damage control. He has published an apology for the endorsement that has raised eyebrows and took to his official Twitter handle to express his regret over the decision.
Akki’s old cigarette ad
But this doesn’t stop here. After the celeb published an apology for the endorsement netizens shared another old image of the actor where he once did an ad for a cigarette brand.
“While I have not endorsed tobacco”!! Cigarettes are made of gulkand (rose petals preserve) kya? Liar,” tweeted journalist Ujval Nanavati. “And then there’s Bagpiper. And sugary colas. Pity a country where a person like you is a role model of success,” a Twitter user wrote pointing out Akki’s old images.
"While I have not endorsed tobacco"!! Cigarettes are made of gulkand kya? Liar.
And then there's Bagpiper. And sugary colas. Pity a country where a person like you is a role model of success. pic.twitter.com/LZoOwmKaV7
— Ujval Nanavati (@cynical_ujval) April 21, 2022
Since it is an honest clarification, I'd wish there was honesty in the statement Akki sir 🙏 pic.twitter.com/40g6GwcoWl
— BRIJWA SRK FAN (@BrijwaSRKman) April 20, 2022
Akshay Kumar asked sorry for endorsement of #vimal but not for Red& white cigarettes & Baba elachi !
— Thanos Pandit 2.0™ (@thanos_panditji) April 21, 2022
#AkshayKumar who endorsed cigarette in 90s, then in 2016 he endorsed BabaElaichi and then giving knowledge on health saying that cigarette and tobacco is harmful, no one can be bigger druggie and hypocrite in whole bollywood.
— FREAK 4 SRK (@srkfighters) April 21, 2022
Pehle Red & White cigarette 🚬 ki endorsement, phir Vimal Pan Masala ki … Wah and yet this guy hypothetically claims to be a fitness enthusiast and fitness promoter ? Hypocrite #AkshayKumar. Pehle paise samet lo phir agar public awaaz uthae toh sorry boldo simple 😬
— Mohammed Ziaulhaq 🇮🇳 (@Iam_Ziaulhaq) April 21, 2022