Widower Of 9/11 Cop Returns Wife's Award Over Caitlyn Jenner

| by Daniel Rivera
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The husband of a fallen 9/11 cop returned his wife's posthumous Woman of the Year award from Glamour after the magazine presented Caitlyn Jenner with the same honor.

James Smith mailed his wife Moira's award back to the magazine after he learned the reality star turned transgendered figure received the same recognition on Nov. 9, according to the New York Post.

Moira died at 38 years old after rushing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the day of the terrorist attacks to lead people to safety.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year,’” Smith wrote in a letter to Glamour's editor.

“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?”

Jenner took to the stage during the award ceremony and described her coming out as a woman as “the most eye-opening experience of my life,” according to Page Six.

“Now,” she said to a cheering crowd, “I actually like going out, and I like being myself.”

A representative for Glamour told the Post the magazine received Smith's letter, but it stands by its decision to honor Jenner.

“We were proud to honor his wife ... in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner,” the representative said on Nov 16. “Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”

Others believe Jenner's inclusion was wrong.

"By choosing Jenner as woman of the year, Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are," Nicole Russell of the Federalist said in an article.

"To laud a man for living as a woman is to insult and patronize women who have borne and overcome incredible odds and achieved great successes because of their uniquely womanly traits."

Attendees at the ceremony included fashion designer and AIDS activist Victoria Beckham, the U.S women's soccer team, actress Reese Witherspoon and women from the families of the victims of the South Carolina church massacre in June.

Sources: New York Post, Page Six, the Federalist / Photo credit: Screenshot via