Rap Genius Dumps Founder for Screed on Calif. Shooter
He suggested Rodger's sister must be 'smokin' hot'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2014 4:28 AM CDT
Images of shooting victim Ross Michael-Martinez are displayed as part of a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – The co-founder of annotation service Rap Genius has been turfed out after making stunningly tasteless remarks on the manifesto of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger. Mahbod Moghadam called the 141-page document "beautifully written" and speculated that the shooter's sister is "smokin hot." Rap Genius CEO Tom Lehman said Moghadam had resigned over the annotations, which "didn’t attempt to enhance anyone’s understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny." Sources, however, tell Re/code that the co-founder was asked to leave by Lehman and also faced pressure from investors.

Before the resignation, Moghadam apologized, saying: "I was fascinated by the fact that a text was associated with such a heartbreaking crime, especially since Elliot is talking about my neighborhood growing up." His departure appears to be a sign that the company, which has expanded from rap lyrics into crowdsourced explanations of things like legal documents and classic literature, wants to distance itself from "swaggish" behavior, reports Valleywag, which notes that Moghadam has blamed previous outbursts on a brain tumor.

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DougMasters
May 27, 2014 10:54 AM CDT
After all the bullsh*t rappers say left and right this is something someone finally has a problem with?
pearlybay
May 27, 2014 6:43 AM CDT
So the Rap company who made its fortune from glorifying the Gangta life wants to now distance itself from the "swagish" Lifestyle? How many young impressionable minds did they already fill with their drug? They can pay for their move to classical literature by selling this beautifully written document.