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Mahbod Moghadam, the co-founder of Rap Genius who posted offensive comments on alleged mass murderer Elliot Rodger's 141-page manifesto Sunday, has left the company, according to Recode's Kara Swisher.
Valleywag reported Sunday that Moghadam had used the site, which allows people to leave public commentary on things like rap lyrics and news items, to annotate an autobiography written by Rodger, a 22-year-old man who allegedly killed six people in a shooting Friday night in Santa Barbara, California.
In a statement to Valleywag, Moghadam said he was drawn to the manifesto because Rodger was 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 wrote.
According to screenshots of comments published in multiple outlets, Moghadam allegedly theorized that Rodger's sister is "smokin hot," and wrote that some of his sentences were "beautifully written" or "artful." As of Monday, many of Moghadam's most egregious annotations have been removed or edited on the site.
Tom Lehman, co-founder and CEO of Rap Genius, announced in a statement published on Rap Genius Monday that Moghadam had resigned.
"[Moghadam] 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, he wrote. "All of which is contrary to everything we're trying to accomplish at Rap Genius."
Read full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/26/mahbod-moghadam-rap-genius_n_5393952.html