The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 8

On She Was Pretty, episode 8, Ha-Ri confessed to Sung-Joon, and despite feeling unsure of and conflicted about his feelings, Sung-Joon agreed to date Ha-Ri. This, unfortunately, led to disaster for Hye-Jin as when a terrible mistake occurred at a photoshoot, Sung-Joon used this mistake as an opportunity to take out all of his mixed feelings on Hye-Jin and he fired her.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 8 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Sung-Joon asks Hye-Jin to come back to The Most.

In episode 8, there were a couple of named women who occasionally spoke to each other. Because there were two or three instances where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., some of the named female employees of The Most talked about work at the photoshoot), the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 8 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while a White man was mentioned a couple of times, the entire cast was Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 8 did not pass this surprise, and the episode did not pass this test because 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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