Husband of 9/11 Hero Returns Glamour Award After Caitlyn Jenner Receives Same Honor
A 9/11 widower wants nothing to do with Caitlyn Jenner.
The husband of a New York City police officer who was killed on 9/11 says he has returned his late wife’s “Woman of the Year” award to Glamour, calling it a “slap in the face” after the publication presented the same award to the I Am Cait star.
After trans activists in Chicago protested the reality star outside of her speaking engagement, calling her an insult to trans people and women in general, this is obviously another blow to Jenner’s morale.
James Smith posted an open letter to Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive on Facebook, writing that he found the magazine’s choice to honor Jenner “insulting” to his late wife’s memory, “and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award.”
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?
The Facebook post has since been deleted, but in it, he concluded:
After discussing this slap in the face to the memory of our Hero with my family, I have decided to return Moira’s award to Glamour Magazine.
Jenner herself has not spoken out about the controversy, but a Glamour spokeswoman told the New York Post on Saturday (Nov. 14, 2015): “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.”