Rap Genius Fires Co-Founder Following Elliot Rodger Manifesto Annotations.
The Co-founder behind Rap Genius, Mahbod Moghadam, has recently resigned from the Web text annotation startup after making a highly insensitive comment on the massacre that happened this week in Santa Barbara, California, leaving over seven dead, including the killer.
Moghamdan’s resignation came right after he made annotation Saturday on the site that contained the 141-page manifesto Elliot Rodger, who murdered six people around the Isla Vista community during Friday before taking his own life.
The intention behind Moghadam’s annotation were intended to make the text much easier to understand, although they”not only didn’t attempt to enhance anyone’s understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny,” Tom Lehman, a fellow Rap Genius co-founder and its chief executive, wrote in a statement Sunday.
The now-deleted comment, which was first written about by Valleywag, stated that parts of Rodger’s manifest were “artful” and “beautifully written” and suggest that “his sister is smokin hot.”
Moghadam has gone on to apologize for the comments, telling Valleywag that he had been “fascinated by the fact that a text was associated with such a heartbreaking crime, especially since Elliot is talking about my neighborhood growing up.”
“I got carried away with making the annotations and making any comment about his sister was in horrible taste, thankfully the rap genius community edits out my poor judgement, I am very sorry for writing it,” he said.
Lehman stated that Moghadam was a friend who has ” a ton of love in his heart” and stated that Rap Genuis would have never existed it it wasn’t for his ongoing contribution.
“But I cannot let him compromise the Rap Genius mission — a mission that remains almost as delicate and inchoate as it was when we three founders decided to devote our lives to it almost 5 years ago,” Lehman wrote.
Rap Genius was intiatlly founded during 2009 by Moghadam, Lehman, and Ilan Zechoryon the idea that rap lyrics had need some explanation. The New York-based company received over $15 million investment during 2012 from venture capital firm Andressen Horowitz