Jeff Clark apologizes for Ria Pell criticism

In a Stomp and Stammer Facebook post, the magazine’s editor expresses regret for comments

In a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, Stomp and Stammer magazine publisher and editor Jeff Clark apologized for the “crude, hurtful, disrespectful and insensitive” comments he made about Ria’s Bluebird owner Ria Pell in the January issue of the music ‘zine. The longtime music critic added: “I genuinely liked Ria and whether she liked me or not, she was always friendly to me and I, in no way, meant to demean her life or the impact she made.”

In response to my private inquiry for comment, Clark sent the following message to my Facebook account: “Hi sir, Very sorry I didn’t get back with you sooner. Things have been intense. Thanks for being a friend even when you have no reason to be.”

On Tuesday, Pell’s friends organized the Facebook group Boycott Stomp and Stammer And All Who Advertise There. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the group had acquired 1,273 members.