The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Moorim School – Season 1, Episode 3

On episode 3 of Moorim School, Soon-Duk agreed to do a press conference to clear Shi-Woo’s name, but before she could do so, Shi-Woo and Chi-Ang duked it out and the two were expelled from Moorim.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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About to fall into a ravine, Chi-Anng holds onto Shi-Woo for dear life.

There were two White individuals in episode 3, and the rest of the cast, excluding one Black actor, was Asian. The episode passed the race test as while there were a few instances where the White individuals in the episode were mentioned or talked to, there were also many instances where only non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people. In regards to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 3 did not pass either of these tests.

Episode 3 did not pass the Bechdel test because while named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 3, men were always mentioned. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 3.

*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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