The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 7

Seol moved back in with her parents on Cheese in the Trap, episode 7, but before she did so, she had a nasty run in with the neighborhood pervert.

Jung explains to Seol that he wants everyone to know that he is dating her.

Seol’s run in with the pervert didn’t end well for the aforementioned pervert. The young man had purposely injured Seol, and when Jung found out what the pervert had done, he chased him down and beat the shit out of him. Jung’s extreme response to the pervert frightened Seol, and once again, she found herself doubting the man that she was dating.

In-Ho, in the meanwhile, began working for Seol’s family, and while on a job for her uncle, In-Ho’s interest in music was reawakened.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

In-Ho remembers his music days and becomes interested in the piano once again.

There was one LGBTI character in episode 7, Assistant Heo, and while he wasn’t solely defined by his sexual orientation (e.g., he was also defined as being an assistant), his removal from the episode wouldn’t have significantly affected the episode’s plot as he didn’t have much to do with episode 7’s plot so the episode did not pass the Russo test. Episode 7 did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 7, and the episode passed the Bechdel test because out of the couple of times that women talked to each other, there were two instances where the women who were talking to each other had names and they didn’t mention men.

As to the race test, White people were mentioned once or twice in episode 7, but the episode passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian (i.e., because White people were only mentioned once or twice and the entire cast was Asian, almost every conversation that occurred in episode 7 involved non-White individuals talking 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.