Kurt Loder Apologizes For Infamous 1998 Jewel Interview

By Martin B

Jewel recently spoke out about a 1998 interview with MTV’s Kurt Loder that still bothers her. During the interview, Loder corrected Jewel’s use of the word “casualty” and was generally condescending. Jewel told a magazine that Loder was rude and expressed frustration with the way she was portrayed in the media at the time.

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Loder has since issued a statement saying that the interview was an awful thing to do to any person and that he has been ashamed of it ever since. He also acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable and said that if he could go back in time, he would “smack [himself] in the head.”

In addition to discussing the Loder interview, Jewel also spoke about her experiences with sexism in the music industry. She revealed that the reason she lived in her car before becoming famous was that she refused to have sex with her boss, who then refused to pay her.

Jewel said that her story has been misrepresented in the media as a tale of fighting for her dreams when in reality, it was an act of defiance and courage.

Jewel also recounted some of the sexist comments she has received from male journalists, including one who asked her how she performed oral sex with horrible teeth and another who referred to her as a woman who was nothing but an Alaskan with large breasts.

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She said that this kind of behavior was unfortunately common in the industry at the time.

Overall, Jewel’s comments shed light on the sexism and misogyny that she and other female artists have faced in the music industry, both in terms of the way they are portrayed in the media and the way they are treated by those in positions of power.

Loder’s statement of regret is a small step in acknowledging and addressing this issue, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that women are treated with respect and dignity in all industries.