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Oh Joe, if only you knew how many people were going to tune in on Sunday night's hoping to watch you fall off a zipline.

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Why Microsoft's Joe Wang Is "The Amazing Race's" Newest Villain

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Oh Joe, if only you knew how many people were going to tune in on Sunday night's hoping to watch you fall off a zipline.
"The Amazing Race" is unlike most reality TV shows in that it actually forces its contestants to think about the world at large, and not just themselves. It's like every other reality TV show, however, in the way it keeps viewers tuned in: by presenting people you either love or love to hate.

Joe Wang, a 42-year-old Microsoft salesman paired with his wife Heidi, would be in the latter category.

TechFlash interviewed Wang yesterday. And while he expressed surprise when told that the Birmingham News handicapped him as the 16th season's villain, it's easy to see how he might fit the bad guy role.

Let's break down why, using Wang's own words.

Comment Number One

In his CBS bio, Wang says if he could pick anyone to switch places with it would be his son Jameson, because he has "unlimited potential."

Why This Makes Him a Reality TV Bad Guy

While it's nice Wang thinks his kid is talented, its tainted by the fact that he actually wants to be him. It's an answer that smacks of Little League Dad Syndrome.

Want to spot Wang at his son's baseball game? Look for the scarily intense dude with a radar gun needling his kid's coach for more playing time and yelling at the ump to check the opposing pitcher's brim for any "funny stuff."

Comment Number Two

In his interview with TechFlash, Wang took time out to talk about how awesome of a guy he was and what that meant for his bosses: "One thing I do want to say is that I think this represents well for Microsoft, to have an individual like myself in the public eye."

Why This Makes Him a Reality TV Bad Guy

TV Bad Guys are always arrogant. But that arrogance comes in two forms.

In Form One, the Arrogant Bad Guy recognizes and highlights his arrogance so as to further piss off the audience. (See, Mr. Perfect, The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, or any other WWF villain from 1988-present.)

In Form Two, the Arrogant Bad Guy is ignorant to his own arrogance. A lack of self-awareness that makes him equally loathsome. (See, Joe Wang.)

Comment Number Three

Because his wife says so. Poor Heidi, on her pet peeve about her teammate: "Joe is a very intense and short tempered individual who thinks he's right all the time!"

Why This Makes Him a Reality TV Bad Guy

Even your wife thinks you're a know-it-all with a short fuse? Congratulations Joe, you're now the villain.

 
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