The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 6

In the sixth episode of Remember, In-A and Jin-Woo duked it out in court, both determined that they were in the right, and Gyoo-Man discovered that Jin-Woo was going to appeal his (Jin-Woo’s) father’s sentencing.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 6 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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In-A confesses to Jin-Woo that she’s happy that he is back and she thanks him for returning.

Episode 6 passed the race test, and the episode passed the race test because while White people were mentioned once or twice in episode 6, the entire cast of episode 6 was Asian so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

In regards to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 6 failed to pass either of these tests. The episode did not pass these tests because the one or two times that named women talked to each other, men were mentioned and because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 6.

*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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