The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Liar Game (Korean) – Season 1, Episode 2

In Liar Game, episode 2, Da-Jung made a pact with her former teacher but soon learned that she had been swindled and that she would not only lose the game, but that she would also be in more debt than ever before. In an effort to counteract these problems, Da-Jung sought out Woo-Jin, a man who was a mastermind in manipulation and deception.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or race test.

The entire cast of episode 2 was Asian, and White people were never mentioned in any of the casts’ conversations so the episode passed the race test. The episode did not, however, pass either the Bechdel or Russo test as there was only one named woman and no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.

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