The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Twenty Again – Season 1, Episode 15

On Twenty Again, episode 15, Hyun-Suk discovered that No-Ra liked him so he forced her to go on a date with him; Min-Soo realized that he wasn’t in the right headspace to date and that he needed to learn more about himself; and Yi-Jin did her best to ruin Woo-Chul.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 15 passed the Bechdel test, and the episode passed this test because there were two instances where named women talked to each other without directly or indirectly referencing men (e.g., No-Ra and Yoon-Young talked to each other on two separate occasions about receiving consultation on No-Ra’s store). The episode also passed the race test, and episode 15 passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters so every conversation that occurred in the episode passed the race test.

As to the Russo test, episode 15 did not pass this test, 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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