Not everyone is raving about Caitlyn Jenner’s accomplishments this year.
The husband of Moira Smith, the New York police officer who died in the line of duty on 9/11 feels offended after Glamour presented their “Woman Of The Year” award to Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year. Officer Smith sacrificed her life helping people evacuate from the World Trade Center on that historic day. His sentiment went as far as withdrawing his wife’s award from 2001 by sending the award back to Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, in a formal letter with a transphobic disposition.
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.
Despite Mr. Smith’s disapproval Glamour is standing by their 2015 award recipient with no intent to repeal their decision. A spokesperson for the magazine told the New York Post “We were proud to honor his wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner. Glamour’s Woman of The Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”