The husband of a 9/11 hero who was awarded “Woman of the Year” in 2001 has returned the award to Glamour magazine in protest of their decision to award Caitlyn Jenner the same honor.
James Smith, husband of Moira Smith, said he was angry the magazine couldn’t find a woman more deserving of the award than Jenner, a man who first gained notoriety as Bruce Jenner for winning a gold medal during the 1976 Olympics. Jenner re-emerged into the limelight as the patriarch on the reality TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and announced earlier this year that he was undergoing sex-change operations and would change his name to Caitlyn.
Moira Smith was a police officer on duty during the 9/11 attacks who repeatedly ran into the south tower as it was collapsing to rescue others still trapped inside. During one of these rescue attempts Moira Smith lost her life at 38 years old, leaving behind her husband, who is also a police officer.
In a Facebook post explaining his decision to return the award, James Smith wrote:
I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year.’ I find it insulting to Moira Smith’s memory, and 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 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?
“We were proud to honor his wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner,” a Glamour spokeswoman said, according to the New York Post. “Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”