9/11 Widower Returns Award Because Caitlyn Jenner Got One Too

Not a lot of sympathy for transphobia here, so I’ll start by saying this man is an asshole. I am very sorry his wife died in the events of September 11, 2001, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to be a giant dick.

James Smith, widower of police officer Moira Smith, was given a posthumous Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award for his wife’s bravery during 9/11 in October 2001. In 1991, Officer Smith evacuated people from a subway train derailment, and ten years later helped evacuate dozens from the World Trade Center.

This year, Glamour chose to honor Caitlyn Jenner, calling her the “Trans Champion.” When James Smith found out, he wrote this open letter via Facebook to Glamour‘s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive.

“On October 29th, 2001 I was honored to accept the Glamour Magazine “Woman of the Year Award” posthumously given to my wife, Police Officer Moira Smith. Moira was killed on September 11th, 2001 while rescuing thousands from the World Trade Center. EMT Yamel Merino was also posthumously honored that evening for her heroism.

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 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?

I can only guess that this was a publicity stunt meant to resuscitate a dying medium.

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.”

This is bullshit.

Luckily, Glamour doesn’t want to be remembered as stupid and nearsighted in history, and they stand by their choice to award Caitlyn Jenner Woman of the Year.

“Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”


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8 years ago

F**k you, theblemish. Yes, that was a great use of the english language by me but it makes the point very simple. No, I do not think transgenderism is a good thing. A person doing so is beyond distorted in the head and no one – I repeat NO ONE should have to accept this as normal. Going so far as to mutilate one’s own body because they “feel” like whatever is insane. No, this is not based on religion so again, f**k you, half (probably more) of your lame counter argument is gone In conclusion f**k you again, I… Read more »

Mental Floss
Mental Floss
8 years ago

That is your perspective, The Blemish, and I respect it. Too bad you couldn’t respect James Smith’s feelings and his decision to return his late wife’s award to Glamour.
And by the way, I agree with James. There are so many other women who have achieved a great deal more than the self-centred transitioned Caitlyn, and who could have been honoured, but the Glamour award went to Caitlyn. It is what it is.
That’s too bad.

8 years ago

There will always be levels of bravery. A 1%er having the money and best surgeons in the world to make the transaction as easy, safe, and effective as possible as fast as possible is in no way brave compared to someone risking their LIFE to save a stranger. No one is saying the courage it took to do this and come out wasn’t brave. But when comparing bravery to the ultimate form (risking one’s life to save another in a dangerous situation) coming out as trans in a friendly environment is definitely low down there. Let’s keep in mind Bruce/Caitlyn… Read more »