On December 11, 2008, voice actress and transgender activist Maddie Blaustein passed away in her sleep at the age of 48. Blaustein was best known among English-speaking Pokémon fans as the original 4kids dub voice of Meowth. Maddie, you really were the “top cat” and your fans miss you so much. Rest in peace.
I miss Maddie so much.
See, I had no idea she was a voice actor when I got to know her. I knew Maddie from a progressive political message board and got to be friends with her that way, hanging out in the LGBT forum (queer ppl on the site were a tight-knit bunch). She always had a kind word to say, a wicked sense of humor, and she had zero cares given for ignorance. She went in HARD whenever people were being jerks on race, class, etc. She hated bullies and was always standing up for people, even the ones who weren’t her friends. Really tho she was smart and funny as heck and passionate and just an amazing person on like every level. She was one of the people I really looked up to.
The world didn’t just lose a voice actor, as talented as she was. It lost an amazing warm-hearted and kind woman whom I was very proud to call a friend, even if I only ever knew her from a message board.