The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 3

Seol tried to apologize to Jung on Cheese in the Trap, episode 3, but he refused to speak to her. Seol felt bad about their falling out, but she didn’t dwell on it for too long as she had to complete an important school project that would determine whether or not she would receive a scholarship.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 did not pass the Russo test but the episode did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Disheartened by the D she got on her project and input she received from her professor and friend, Seol walks home by herself, and unbeknownst to her, Jung trails behind her.

Episode 3 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 3. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel test.

Episode 3 passed the Bechdel test because of the many times that named women talked to each other in episode 3, there were several instances where men weren’t mentioned. The episode also passed the race test (and easily so at that), and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned 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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