The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 2

Seol grew closer to Jung on Cheese in the Trap, episode 2. This, of course, enraged Joo-Yeon who was absolutely enthralled with Jung, and in a moment of jealousy and revenge, Joo-Yeon stole Seol’s school report and sent a drunkard Seol’s way.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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In-Ho spies a flyer at Jung’s school.

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 2. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel test.

Episode 2 passed the Bechdel test even though men were almost always mentioned in the couple of conversations that named women had with each other in episode 2 because there was one instance where men weren’t mentioned (e.g., Seol and A-Young greeted each other at the cafeteria). Episode 2 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while White people were a mentioned a couple of times, the entire cast was Asian so there were several instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

*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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