The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Master’s Sun – Season 1, Episode 6

Kang-Woo confessed to Kong-Sil and asked her out on a date on The Master’s Sun, episode 6, but when an AWOL soldier broke into Kingdom, it looked like Kong-Sil wouldn’t be able to make that date with Kang-Woo after all.

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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Joong-Won finds himself drawn to Kong-Sil.

The entire cast of episode 6 was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters so ever conversation that occurred in episode 6 passed the race test. In regards to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 6 did not pass either of these tests.

Episode 6 did not pass the Bechdel test because the very few times that women did talk to each other in episode 6, they either didn’t have names or they mentioned men. The episode did not pass the Russo test 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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