Doja Cat, the popular pop artist and supreme shitposter, has outdone herself.
The artist (real name Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini) is currently using “3 signs your pet has anal gland issues,” a video of a veterinarian dancing to “Get Into It (Yuh),” as a background on her official Spotify page for the song. In other words, if you go to Doja Cat’s Spotify on your phone right now, and play the song “Get Into It (Yuh),” you’ll see a dancing guy in a yellow polo shirt with a stethoscope looped in the background. That would be Dr. Hunter Finn, an integrative veterinary expert based in Texas.
Dr. Finn, who spoke to Polygon over the phone between surgeries, tells Polygon he feels “honored” to have been anointed by Doja Cat. “I thought it was super cool to be recognized by someone as big as Doja, in all honesty.”
Finn makes the videos to raise awareness about health issues that people’s own pets might experience. “I didn’t want to see this many people seeing me dancing, but it’s OK,” he says.
On Aug. 9, Finn posted a video dancing to “Get Into It (Yuh)” with the on-screen text “3 signs your pet has anal gland issues.” As he dances, three symptoms of anal gland issues appear as text: scooting, fishy smell, and leaking on furniture.
The hilarious video picked quickly picked up steam and has over 2.4 million views at the time of publication. In it, Finn wears a bright yellow polo with blue pants (which one commenter described as “mad minion vibes”), and a stethoscope around his neck. He dances half-heartedly bopping from side to side, and weakly throws his knee up. Toward the end, he hits “the woah” just as “3) leaking on furniture” appears on the screen. It’s genuinely hilarious.
Doja Cat canonized Finn’s video using a Spotify app feature called “Canvas,” an eight-second vertical video that fills the screen and loops when you listen to a song. Typically, artists feature themselves, or their own videos, as Canvas images in Spotify. For example, for one of her previous songs, “Say So,” Doja Cat uses a clip from her official music video. On occasion, an artist might use an abstract design for a looping background, but it’s certainly not common to put a random person on there.
While plenty of fans have posted videos dancing to “Get Into It (Yuh)” — the specific dance Finn is doing became a trend on TikTok — it seems like Finn’s comedic rendition of it captured Doja Cat’s eye. And now he’s her official Canvas for the single.
Doja Cat’s decision reeks of shitposting. It’s hilarious and (maybe) ironic, and somehow does and doesn’t make sense at the same time. Doja Cat puts out a hot, sexy song full of energy, and then makes a veterinarian the face of it. Take delight in the conversation she had with her label when she asked to make this person the background of her song for the public. It’s a troll, but that’s what makes it great.
It’s not the first time Doja Cat has established her shitposting bona fides. She’s demonstrated a real understanding of social media and modern platforms. She’s done hilarious streams on Twitch. She’s built her career off of TikTok as a platform, where her songs regularly trend or become edited into popular sounds. If you go to her other songs on Planet Her, many of the background loops are of other TikToks of fans dancing to her videos — it’s the perfect use of the Spotify feature.
Existing online, and knowing how to cultivate online fandom, is understanding how to tastefully troll. Just look at Lil Nas X. And so in all this, we were blessed with “3 signs your pet has anal gland issues.”