The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Ghostess – Season 1, Episode 13

On Oh My Ghostess, episode 13, after Sun-Woo learned that Bong-Sun had been possessed by a ghost, things became tense between the two. Sun-Woo wasn’t sure what to think, believe or feel so Bong-Sun quit working at the restaurant and left Sun-Woo’s home.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel and race test but it did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel test because there were two instances where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Soon-Ae told Bong-Sun that she needed to talk to her and there was a flashback scene to when the shaman had told Professor Lee that the restaurant had a strange aura). The episode 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 characters.

In regards to the Russo test, there were no LGBTI characters in episode 13 so the episode did not pass this test.

*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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