Insensitive Elliot Rodger Jokes Cost Rap Genius Co-Founder His Job

Insensitive Elliot Rodger Jokes Cost Rap Genius Co-Founder His Job

It’s shockingly common for famous folks to trip over their reactions to national tragedies.

When Gilbert Gottfried made an insensitive crack following the Japanese tsunami of 2011 he lost his gig with Aflac.

Now, Mahbod Moghadam is suddenly unwelcome at the company he co-founded after he made juvenile comments in the wake of Friday’s mass killing in Santa Barbara.

Maghadam resigned from Rap Genius yesterday after jokes he wrote about the alleged killer’s 141-page manifesto became public.

Included in his inappropriate commentary were notes such as: “beautifully written” and “Elliot barely mentions his sister Georgia throughout the book!” before speculating that “his sister is smokin hot,” reported Time.

Rap Genius co-founder and CEO Tom Lehman issued a statement on Monday explaining that the annotations were meant to make the manifesto easier to understand rather than offend.

“However, Mahbod Moghadam, one of my co-founders, annotated the piece with annotations that 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,” Lehman wrote.


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