The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 14

After struggling in rehab for a year, Young-Ho returned to Joo-Eun on Christmas Eve, as good as new, on Oh My Venus, episode 14.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Hye-Ran inquires about Young-Ho’s health.

The entire cast of episode 14 was Asian (save for one extra who was played by a White man) and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. Most of the conversations that occurred in episode 14 thus passed the race test (which means that the episode passed the race test) as almost every conversation that occurred occurred between non-White individuals who never mentioned White people.

As to the Bechdel test, episode 14 did not pass this test, and the episode did not pass this test because while there were a couple of instances where named women talked to each other, men were always mentioned. Episode 14 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 14.

*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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