Rap Genius was created as a place for the public to annotate rap lyrics, so people could understand or discuss what’s going on. Over the weekend co-founder Mahbod Moghadam used the service to annotate the manifesto of mass-shooter Elliot Rodger, hours after the latter committed a massacre which left seven dead, including himself.
The nature of these posts has led to Moghadam resigning, as another co-founder, Tom Lehman, explained: Moghadam was aiming to explain the “psychology of people who do horrible things can help us to better understand our society and ourselves”, but in fact he “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.” Quotes from Billboard.
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