The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 5

Yoo-Rim brought home a guy to make Ji-Ho jealous on the fifth episode of Madame Antoine, but her efforts were for naught. Ji-Ho couldn’t have cared less that Yoo-Rim brought home a guy, and all that her actions ultimately resulted in was Hye-Rim going to jail (Yoo-Rim’s boyfriend got drunk, and while drunk, he acted inappropriately and Hye-Rim wound up being blamed and jailed for his behavior).

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Yoo-Rim films a secret therapy session between her boyfriend and Soo-Hyun.

Episode 5 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned 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 5, but because men were always references whenever named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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