Web Site Co-Founder Fired for Posting that Rampage Killer’s Manifesto was “Beautifully Written”
By Brian Shields
Tue May 27th, 2014 10:24am America/Los_Angeles
NEW YORK (KRON) — The co-founder of a popular music lyrics site is out of a job after making what some call insensitive comments about the Isla Vista Rampage killer’s words.
Rap Genius is a site that allows users to annotate comments about lyrics in rap and rock songs. The site posted Elliot Rodger’s “manifesto” in which he explained his purposes before going on the shooting and stabbing spree that left six people dead and more than a half dozen others injured.
In the annotations site co-founder Mahbod Moghadam posted that Rodger’s screed was “beautifully written” and speculated that the killer’s sister was likely “smoking hot.”
“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,” another co-founder Tom Lehman wrote in a special letter to the community posted on the web site. “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.”
Lehman writes that Moghadam is a “brilliant, creative, complicated person with a ton of love in his heart.”
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