The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 4

Hye-Rim continued trying to figure out Soo-Hyun’s game on the fourth episode of Madame Antoine, and while she couldn’t decipher his end game, she did discover a video file from his study and she came ever closer to the truth behind Soo-Hyun’s intentions.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 4 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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The boys do their best to seduce Hye-Rim.

While White people were mentioned a time or two in episode 4, the episode nonetheless passed the race test as the entire cast was Asian and there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 4, but the episode did not to pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 4.

*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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