Rap Genius's co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has resigned following the controversial annotations he made on the manifesto written by UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger.

Moghadam called Rodger's sister "smokin' hot" and claimed parts of the manifesto were "beautifully written." This didn't go down too well with the Rap Genius community, or its founding members:

"Almost all the annotations were at least attempting a close reading - they were genuinely, though imperfectly, trying to add context to the text and make it easier to understand," writes co-founder Tom Lehman. "However, Mahbod Moghadam, one of my co-founders, annotated the piece with annotations that not only didn't attempt to enhance anyone's understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny. All of which is contrary to everything we're trying to accomplish at Rap Genius."

Lehman continues: "Were Mahbod's annotations posted by a new Rap Genius user, it would be up to our community leaders, who set the tone of the site and our approach to annotation, to delete them and explain to the new user why they were unacceptable. Were Mahbod's annotations posted by a Rap Genius moderator, that person would cease to be an effective community leader and would have to step down. And Mahbod, our original community leader, is no exception. In light of this, Mahbod has resigned - both in his capacity as an employee of the company, and as a member of our board of directors, effective immediately. Mahbod is my friend. He's a brilliant, creative, complicated person with a ton of love in his heart. Without Mahbod Rap Genius would not exist, and I am grateful for all he has done to help Rap Genius succeed. 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."


"I got carried away with making the annotations"

Moghadam tried to defend himself, claiming that he was "fascinated" by the manifesto due to its geography: "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 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."

This was far from being the first weird move from Moghadam - he once told Mark Zuckerberg to "suck his dick" and tweeted "I'mma rape you in your mouth cuz" to a journalist over at Spin.

Watch this video interview with Moghadam, which came out around the time Rap Genius were banned from Google:

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