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Widower of 9/11 hero returns 'Woman of the Year' award to Glamour after Caitlyn Jenner honoured

Published 17/11/2015 | 13:25

(L-r), Moira (Photo: James Smith), Moira aiding survivors on September 11th, (Photo: NY Daily News) Moira's memorial plaque. (Photo: NY Daily News)
(L-r), Moira (Photo: James Smith), Moira aiding survivors on September 11th, (Photo: NY Daily News) Moira's memorial plaque. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Glamour Magazine is facing backlash after Caitlyn Jenner accepted the 'Woman Of The Year' award.

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The first criticism came from the husband of a 9/11 hero who was awarded the accolade post-humously for her brave actions saving lives during the tragedy of September 11th.

Moira Smith was honoured after 'repeatedly' running into the burning twin towers to save people trapped within, and was named the Glamour 'Woman of The Year' on October 29th, 2001.

Her husband, James Smith, handed back her award after Caitlyn Jenner accepted hers at Glamour's most recent award ceremony.

He explained his decision on his Facebook page, writing that he was "shocked and saddened" to learn that Caitlyn had received the award.

"I find it insulting to Moira'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?"

"Is this the best you could do?"

"After discussing this slap in the face to the memory of our hero with my family, I have decided to return Moira's award".

The post has now been deleted.

Caitlyn Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Caitlyn Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)

Speaking to Buzzfeed news, James explained that he felt Jenner "trivialized the transgender experience".

"As a police officer in NYC, my precinct covered a shelter for transgendered youth. On several occasions I responded there to take reports or give aid to suicidal youths. I listened to their stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse".

"When Mr. Jenner said the hardest part about being a woman was figuring out what to wear, he proved to me that he is not truly a woman, and had not earned the right to call himself one. He trivialized the transgender experience as I had witnessed it, and he insulted women in general".

The couple were both serving members of the NYPD and James still is. Moira was the only female officer killed on September 11th.

Glamour said in a statement that they were "proud to honour his wife in 2001" and that they "stand by our decision to honour Caitlyn Jenner".

"Caitlyn Jenner has helped shine a light on the problems faced by transgender youth and given voice to a community that is often unheard".

Meanwhile, actor Rose McGowan criticised Caitlyn in a now-deleted post on Facebook for a comment made in her speech.

The reality star had joked that "the hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear", to which McGowan responded "wake up and join the fight".

"We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you".

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