Fresh off of an incident where Caitlyn Jenner received criticism from trans activists for her Glamour Woman of the Year award, she’s now getting pushback from the husband of a 9/11 first responder.
James Smith, whose wife Moira died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed after helping dozens of employees escape, says he will be returning his wife’s Glamour Woman of the Year award now that Jenner has been given the honor.
The New York Post reports that James Smith sent a “scathing” letter to the magazine. “Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?” Smith writes.
Glamour says the Woman of the Year, which was also offered to women like Victoria Beckham and Billie Jean King in 2015, are designed to “recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.” Jenner was applicable for the award because she is a transgender woman.
Smith’s letter repeatedly refers to Jenner as male or as “Bruce,” and he thinks that honoring Jenner is offensive “at a time” when women are achieving more than ever in traditionally male-dominated fields.
But Jenner is in no danger of losing her award. A spokesperson for Glamour Magazine tells the Post, “We were proud to honor [Smith’s] wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner.”