The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Liar Game (Korean) “Minority Game 1” – Season 1, Episode 3

On Liar Game, “Minority Game I,” Da-Jung continued playing in Liar Game, and she was told by Woo-Jin that he would no longer be helping her and that she should think of him as her enemy in the competition. However, no sooner than he had said this, Woo-Jin then asked Da-Jung to form a team with him. Da-Jung, of course, gladly acquiesced to his request.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Minority Game I” passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

All of the characters in “Minority Game I” were Asian, and White people were never mentioned by any of the cast so the episode passed the race test. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel test, because even though there were several named women in the episode who spoke to each other, they never talked to each other without mentioning men. “Minority Game I” also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were 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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