The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 7

On the seventh episode of Twenty Again, Hyun-Suk discovered that No-Ra was not dying, and after being briefly jubilant over the fact that she was not sick, Hyun-Suk returned to his old ways and once again mercilessly picked on No-Ra.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

Episode 7 obviously 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. The episode did not, however, pass either the Bechdel or Russo test. The episode did not pass these tests because the few times that named women talked to each other, men were mentioned and because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 7.

*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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