9/11 Hero’s Husband Returns Woman Of The Year Award After Caitlyn Jenner’s Win

Published on November 17, 2015.
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Recently, Caitlyn Jenner, 66, was honored with Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, something that has incited backlash for quite a few people including members of the public, as well as others who have taken it more personally.

Following Jenner’s win on Monday, Nov. 9, policeman James Smith, the widower of Moira Smith, wrote a letter to Glamour returning his wife’s award that was awarded to her posthumously following the events of September 11. “On October 29th, 2001 I was honored to accept the Glamour Magazine ‘Woman of the Year Award’ posthumously given to my wife, Police Officer Moira Smith. Moira was killed on September 11th, 2001 while rescuing thousands from the World Trade Center. EMT Yamel Merino was also posthumously honored that evening for her heroism,” Smith wrote in his letter, continuing with the fact he was offended that now the award was given to “this man” referring to Caitlyn as Bruce.

“I find it insulting to Moira Smith’s memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award. Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases…the list of possibilities goes on…is this the best you could do?”

He then added that he was returning the award because it was “a slap in the face to the memory of our Hero.”

Afterwards, a spokeswoman for Glamour said in a statement, “We were proud to honor his wife … in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner. Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.” Jenner has not responded to Smith’s letter, but in recent days, has faced more backlash including being confronted by a group of trans protestors in Chicago who told Jenner, “You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women.”

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