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The Era of Tech-Bro Villains Begins!

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 19, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 19, 2022 |


When Beck Bennett left Saturday Night Live last year, I lamented the loss. It’s 2022, by damn, and all of our villains are douchey bros, and no one does that better in skit form than Beck Bennett. It was a real loss, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffat (or Don Jr. and Eric) are not equipped to take up the slack.

This is a new era! The era of tech-bro villains like Martin Shkreli, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, and Peter Thiel, of NFTs and cryptocurrency, Patrick Batemans hoodies. It’s their time to shine, y’all! White guys no longer have to be pigeonholed as male romantic leads or action heroes. They can also be supervillains, too! Huzzah!

Jared Leto was born for this. On March 18th, he’ll play Adam Neumann, co-founder of WeWork and husband of Rebekah Neumann, played by Anne Hathaway in Apple TV+’s WeCrashed, which tracks the rise and precipitous fall of WeWork, the company that provides flexible shared workspaces for, uh, no one? Because of COVID. If you can work in a flexible shared workspace, you can work from home, and desk set-ups in the guest room is the wave of the future.

All these people are cult leaders hiding behind venture capital. Ugh. Anyway, if you can’t wait until March 18th to get your tech-bro fix, Showtime will premiere Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber on February 27th. Here, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — adept at playing romantic lead or douchey tech-bro (such range!) — will play Travis Kalanick, the disgraced founder and former CEO of Uber.

Don’t forget that tech-bros are not just men! Hulu’s Elizabeth Holmes TV show comes out on March 3rd, although we don’t yet have a trailer for it. But just think! There will be TV shows about Holmes, Kalanick, and Adam Neumann running at the same time! What riches! What a time to be alive!


Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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