The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 10

On Twenty Again, episode 10, Hyun-Suk worked on making Woo-Chul jealous; Min-Soo discovered that his parents are divorcing; and No-Ra went out on a date with her new “boyfriend.”

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

No-Ra receives flowers from her husband.

Episode 10 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast of episode 10 was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters.

As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 10 came nowhere close to passing either of these tests as women never talked to each other and 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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