Why “Doja” is a disgrace to the (queer) community

Natalia Dembowska

And no, I do not mean Doja Cat, who is an absolutely stunning queen and a sliving icon. I mean the disgustingly catchy song, the masterpiece (of shit) “Doja” by the cerebrally stimulating conceptual genius - Central Cee.

Not a lot of people know this but Central Cee is one of these guys that another icon, Megan Thee Stallion, describes in her song Megan Monday Freestyle in the following verse:

I realized that I was the shit when R&B n****s wanna start rap beef
These n****s ain't got no name on 'em
Wish these hoes stop tryna put claim on 'em
He come around me, get game on him
If hе on go, then I already came on him
Thеse new hoes sound like my mixtape
Bitches love saying my name like it's clickbait

He’s a British “rapper” and “songwriter” born in London on 4 June 1998 to an Irish mother and to a Guyanese father. So far, he released two mixed tapes, one in 2021 and one in 2022.

How can I be homophobic? My bitch is gay.

The disgusting celebration of homophobic fuckboyism in hip-hop reaches its climax today. On one hand, Central Cee states he can’t be homophobic as his “bitch” is gay - how can he be homophobic if he’s in a relationship with someone queer? On the other, throughout the entire song, he portrays homosexuality as something laughable, something he tolerates but doesn’t do because he
✨️ ain’t a homo ✨️

In a Genius Verified interview he says: “The first line is somewhat controversial. It just sounds like something I’m not supposed to be able to say. Tik Tok just ate it up”.

Maybe it’s because you’re not supposed to say it, little guy? And hey, I’m all for using controversy to attract the attention of the audience - IF it has a purpose. This could have perhaps been a funny, relevant line in another context, for example in the dimension where Central Cee actually isn’t homophobic and his bitch is gay, but he doesn’t fetishize it. We will never know because it was followed by a line using homosexuality as a metaphor for killing a man:

Hit man in the top, try see a man topless, even a stick is gay

So translating this complex script into English, Central Cee is joking around as he says:

Hey I’ll blow someone’s head off, so they will be headless so I can call a headless man topless so it sounds kind of gay. That’s funny because I’m referring to killing someone but instead I’m making it sound like I’m gay. But really I’m just a gangster, not a f****t! That would be just awful, but also I’m not homophobic! My bitch is gay, hehe. And it’s all so gangsta AKA so gay that even my gun is gay, which I can call a stick so it sounds more like a dick, resulting in sounding even gayer. That’s so funny and cool and smart!

Then of course our little genius brings us to the next toxic line:

Huggin’ my bruddas and say that I love them, but I don’t swing that way

Although it is a huge challenge in terms of translation, I think this means something along these lines:

Hey guys, intimacy is very gay. I hug my bros, but hey, no homo! Just my girlfriend's homo, which is totally fine, but like chill out I’m not, ew. She’s a lesbian so I’m gonna fetishise her, but I would NEVER SWING THAT (GAY) WAY. But also, no problem, I respect gays, my bitch is gay. 

I don’t think you have to have a Ph.D. in behavioural sciences to understand this immediately. According to the Oxford dictionary, it’s defined as “a set of attitudes and ways of behaving stereotypically associated with or expected of men, regarded as having a negative impact on men and on society as a whole”. I think that a man in a relationship with a queer woman really shouldn’t allow himself to speak in such a derogatory way about her and on top of that in a song where he clearly states he wants to fuck Doja Cat. Call me old-fashioned but I just don’t vibe with that. I think it’s disrespectful, problematic and most of all embarrassing. It’s the worst type of cringe where it’s hard to feel a drop of compassion for someone whose confidence and ego are so deluded that they actually blindly allow themselves to externalise their stupidity on others and act like they actually mean something where really all they do is a failed attempt to hide their insecurity and lock their own closet nice and tight.

Somebody tell Doja Cat, I’m tryna indulge in that. In my gray tracksuit, see the bulge in that.

I think she’s had enough of this song blasting in clubs (against her will & to her detriment). If anything she would probably love not to hear that a C-class (why do you think he’s called Central Cee?)  homophobic rapper with a queer girlfriend wants to fuck her. I don’t know her personally, but my Third Eye Chakra is telling me that she’s not very happy about knowing that a crusty rapper with a hard-on in his sweatpants is click-baiting the whole world using her name.

The song is called “Doja” and the only line that mentions her states that the author of the song has a hard-on thinking about her and appeals for people to tell her that he would love to fuck her. How is this legal? How is this guy not persecuted? Beyond.

Here is what the lyrical master himself later said about this in the same interview:

I spend a lot of time on TikTok, like, I think I see Doja Cat on TikTok a lot. Like she must have just been on the back of my mind like, when I’m listening to a beat. I was on an airplane when I wrote the verse. Yeah, she must of just been in the back of my mind, maybe more aesthetically than musically. She’s hard though, like, I definitely appreciate her music the same way. God knows if she’s heard the song or not. I don’t know.

This one actually made me sad. Life can be hard for a multifaceted Gemini and I don’t think this case will be an exception. Maybe this guy is just transcending and he’s here to trigger us for a reason. Perhaps to develop compassion towards toxic homophobic men? To have an insight into their psyche, to see what makes them tick? It seems to me he has no idea he’s problematic and this equation is rather simple for him - here’s what I suspect his thinking process was:

I like Doja. She’s on Tik Tok. I’m on Tik Tok. I love to scroll. I love guns and naked women. I’m a gangster. I like Doja.

I think that's how it went. But what else can we expect from an artist who released songs called “Molly” and “Commitment Issues”. What more do you need to come up with two unforgettable lines in question:

  1. How can I be homophobic? My bitch is gay.
  2. Somebody tell Doja Cat, I’m tryna indulge in that.

Apparently nothing at all! Really, guys? Is that what we’re doing now?

For a song to be so widely known someone has to listen to it. So whoever reads this and you’ve been blasting this song around - you’re a part of the problem. You’re the one who chooses to turn a blind eye on a song that is a representative clusterfuck of everything that is wrong with society. So thanks a lot for that. 

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