Rap Genius Founder Fired For Being a Complete Dickhead About Elliot Rodger
THAT you’re able to think up and found one of the web’s hotter properties does show that you’ve got some smarts. You’re good at doing something at least. But that’s not to say that having done that that you’re smart, as Mahbod Moghadam of Rap Genius has just proven. For he’s gone off and done something so dickheaded that he’s had to immediately resign from the company that he himself founded. He took the manifesto of the UCSB psycho shooter who killed all those people last week and loaded it up onto his own site. Fair enough, that’s what it’s for, you put a document up on Rap Genius and then people can add their annotations to it. But then he started to make his own annotations. Which were not cool, not cool at all:
Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.
In now-removed annotations on the site on the sick 141-page manifesto, Moghadam added a tasteless series of comments, including “beautifully written” and also “MY GUESS: his sister is smokin hot.”
This just isn’t the sort of thing you’re supposed to be saying about the deluded scribblings of a recent mass murderer. And smart people know that.
So, he’s had to resign from his job at the company and also from the Board of Directors. And the way that shareholdings in venture capital financed firms work he’ll probably find himself diluted out of his stock holdings at the next funding round as well. Pretty big punishment for acting like a dick really.