The spouse of a 9/11 victim who was given a Woman Of The Year award by Glamour Magazine has caused a stir by giving back his late wife’s honour after the same one was given to Caitlyn Jenner.

38-year-old Moira Smith was one of 23 NYPD officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, killed in the rubble of the collapsing building while leading people to safety.

It seems, however, that the spouses of fallen heroes can also dish out Drunk Uncle-like levels of cantankerousness.

Earlier this week, Smith’s husband James reportedly Fed-Exed his late wife’s trophy back to Glamour, and explained his reasons for doing so in an open letter to the magazine. 

Using Jenner’s pre-transition name, he wrote to editor-in-chief Cyndi Lieve:

“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year’. Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? … 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.”

9/11 Widower Returns Late Wife’s Award When Caitlyn Jenner Wins It

Glamour have since responded, defending their choice and saying:

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

Jenner, who was presented with her award last week, said: “I would love to see a little space out there, in the world, for people to self-identify as who they are.”

“I would love to see a little space out there, in the world, for people to self-identify as who they are.” – Women of the Year award winner @CaitlynJenner (?? by Jennifer Baichwal)

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