RapGenius co-founder resigns after offensive Isla Vista comments

Mahbod Moghadam, the co-founder of the lyrics and commentary site RapGenius, has left the company after a leaving string of tasteless remarks about Friday’s massacre of six in Isla Vista.

The site allows users to add and annotate lyrics from songs and comment on news events. On a post that shared the 141-page manifesto written by suspected killer Elliott Rodger, Moghadam wrote that it was “beautifully written.”

He also described Rodger’s 18-year-old sister as “smokin hot” and suspected that a friend of Rodger’s would go “on to attend USC and turn into a spoiled hottie.”

On Tuesday, the site’s CEO, Tom Lehman, announced that Moghadam was resigning from his job at the website and from his position on its board of directors.

“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, Lehman said in a statement.


Moghadam previously told the tech news site Valleywag that “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.”