Rap Genius co-founder resigns after flippantly annotating mass shooter’s manifesto

Since its start in rap and hip-hop lyrics, Rap Genius has branched out to explaining rock songs, poetry, and news. Its broad focus is what led users on subsection “News Genius” to begin annotating Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger’s 140-page manifesto and autobiography — an extremely delicate task, given that Rodger killed six and injured over a dozen more over Memorial Day weekend. Now, Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has resigned after posting remarks that company CEO Tom Lehman says displayed “gleeful insensitivity and misogyny.”

While many annotations added detail about names and places, and others psychoanalyzed Rodger himself, some of Moghadam’s now-deleted comments proved deeply tone-deaf. Archived on Gawker, they include…

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