The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 15

Sung-Joon learned on She Was Pretty, episode 15, that Shin-Hyuk was Ten, and even though Shin-Hyuk wanted Sung-Joon to do an exclusive interview with him to save The Most, Sung-Joon refused to do so. Shin-Hyuk thus took matters into his own hands and released an interview of himself without Sung-Joon’s permission.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

Named women talked to each other several times in episode 15, and because there were a couple of instances where men weren’t mentioned when named women talked to each other, the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 15 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while there two White individuals (Shin-Hyuk’s adoptive parents) in the episode and there were a couple of instances where White people were mentioned, the cast was primarily Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

In regards to the Russo test, episode 15 did not pass this test (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.