Rap Genius was designed to annotate or interpret lyrics, but has come to be used for all types of documents, including the manifesto written by Elliot Rodger, who killed six people earlier this week.
On Sunday, Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam used the service himself to write annotations throughout the University of California, Santa Barbara, shooter's 141-page manifesto.
Moghadam's comments attempt to understand Rodger's family, home, and addictions, but many of them cross the line by offering praise for the way the manifesto is written and calling Rodger's sister a "hottie" and "smokin hot," which is particularly insensitive given the misogynist motives behind Rodger's killing spree.
The inappropriate comments have since been deleted from Rap Genius, but were first captured in screenshots by Gawker.
In this comment, Moghadam wrote that Rodger's manifest is "beautifully written."
Moghadam said he thinks Rodger's sister must be "smokin hot."
Here, again, Moghadam writes it is "beautifully written."
Later on Sunday, Moghadam apologized for the comments on Twitter:
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