Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam speaks during the DLD Conference at the HVB Forum on January 20, 2013 in Munich, Germany.
Mahbod Moghadam, co-founder of the popular lyrics site Rap Genius, has resigned from the company's board of directors following controversial comments regarding the manifesto of Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger, according to a report.
Maghadam wrote a series of annotations on a version of Rodger's tome uploaded to Rap Genius, stating that parts were "beautifully written" and saying that he guessed Rodger's sister was "smoking hot."
The company announced the departure in a blog post on its site.
"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," Tom Lehman, co-founder & CEO of Rap Genius, wrote in the post.
Maghadam posted an apology to Twitter on Monday, although he did not specify the exact reason.nam-
Maghadam also released a statement to Valleywag after his comments received widespread attention:
I was fascinated by the fact that a text was associated with such a heartbreaking crime, especially since Elliot is talking about my neighborhood growing upI 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
Rap Genius did not immediately respond to a request for comment.