The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 17

Dong-Ho was arrested and placed on trial for the attempted murder of Joo-Il on Remember, episode 17. Jin-Woo, of course, wasn’t having any of that bullshit as he knew full well that Dong-Wo would never try to kill Joo-Il, so while In-A worked on convicting Gyoo-Man, Jin-Woo took on Dong-Ho’s case and he worked as his defender.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 17 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Dong-Ho informs Gyoo-Man that Jin-Woo will be the one to end him.

Episode 17 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 17 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 17 and while there were some instances in the episode where named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test as men were always referenced whenever named women talked to one another.

In the case of the Russo test, episode 17 did not pass this 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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