Via The Morning News:
“Listen,” I said. “If anything I wrote offended you personally, I apologize. It was meant to be a musical criticism, and I don’t think any reasonable reader would have taken it otherwise. I didn’t intend to impugn your character.”
“How is it anything other than personal when you call me shameless?” Richard Marx said. Then he asked, “Do you have any children?”
“No,” I said.
“Well, then you can’t relate. You called me shameless in my hometown, where my family can read this.”
That was a douchey thing to say, especially since Richard Marx is married to a model and I’d woken up alone that morning. I let it pass, though. I wasn’t there to start another argument.
“You need to have a thicker skin,” I said. “People write things about me on the internet all the time.”
“Nobody has a thicker skin than I do,” Richard Marx said.