The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Scream, “Revelations” – Season 1, Episode 10

In the finale of Scream, several people were attacked, two people died and the killer was finally revealed. And yes, the finale was super anticlimactic and very predictable.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

There were numerous named women in “Revelations” and there were many occasions where these named women talked to each other. Out of all of the times that these named women talked to each other, there were two instances where men were not mentioned (e.g., Emma and Audrey talked about Piper and Emma and her mom talked about surviving the killer) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode did not, however, pass either the Russo or race test, and the episode did not pass these tests because there were no LGBTI or non-White actors 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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