The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Liar Game (Korean), “Layoff Game II” – Season 1, Episode 6

On Liar Game, “Layoff Game II,” Da-Jung (with the help of Woo-Jin) managed to make a comeback and she won the third round of the Liar Game.

As to what Da-Jung did with all of her earnings, Da-Jung made the decision to split and distribute the money amongst the other contestants instead of keeping it for herself. Her actions, in turn, went a long way in engendering goodwill amongst the contestants and brought them (the contestants) all closer together.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Layoff Game II” passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

There were several named women in “Layoff Game II” and there were a couple of occasions where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., when Da-Jung challenged Jaime to a bet and Da-Jung and Sung-Ja talked about a woman who had committed suicide) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. “Layoff Game II” also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the cast members.

As to the Russo test, “Layoff Game II” 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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