They say that ignorance is bliss, but that’s only true for the ignorant. Those who are suffering because they have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and discriminated will still exist wether we’re aware of their stories or not. That’s why it’s so important that we continually reach out to others, spread consciousness, and take action. San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Mae Powell, addresses this with her new single, “Fuck I.C.E.”
On the surface, “Fuck I.C.E.” sounds like the perfect music to roller skate to. It sounds like summertime and soft-serve ice cream and sun-drenched beaches. It’s smooth with these very ropey guitar hooks that gently lasso the listener. Definitely an ear worm — I found myself humming the chorus all day at work yesterday — and that’s part of the genius of this is song. Each time the catchy little tune manifested itself in my cerebral background, I was reminded to take a few minutes to take action.
Powell’s protest song is not just a bemoaning of the terrible state of an out-of-control government agency that has been weaponized against vulnerable populations, it’s also a realistic list of things anyone can do. Like a lyrical Mary Poppins, Powell has wrapped up the medicine of a call to action with just enough sugar to make it palatable. I am a particular fan of how personal Powell makes the mission of the song with the line, “Call your racist grandma.”
Powell is donating all profits from the sale of this single to those whose lives have been impacted by I.C.E.