The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Scream, “Aftermath” – Season 1, Episode 4

On Scream, “Aftermath,” Emma received an old yearbook in the mail with the faces of Brandon James’ victims cut out of it. Emma, Audrey and Noah, believing this to be a clue, went to the hospital where Brandon James had had his face surgery. There, they found a most bloody scene.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Aftermath” passed the Bechdel test but did not pass the Russo or race test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in “Aftermath,” and because there was one instance where named women talked to each other and they didn’t mention men (e.g., Emma and Brooke talked about nail polish), the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode did not, however, pass either the Russo or race test since there were no LGBTI (Audrey does not identify as LGBTI) or non-White 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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