The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 10

On Madame Antoine, episode 10, Hye-Rim was absolutely furious that she had been secretly used as a test subject in the Madame Antoine study. She couldn’t believe that Soo-Hyun had so boldly lied to her time after time, and she simply could not tolerate such deceit. So what did Hye-Rim do? She guilted the hell out of Soo-Hyun and she did her best to force him into confessing the truth to her.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Hye-Rim discovers the truth behind the Madame Antoine study.

Episode 10 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because even though there were a couple of White actors in the episode, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the cast was primarily Asian and White people were rarely talked to or mentioned. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 10 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

There were a few named women in episode 10 and there were a couple of occasions in the episode where named women talked to each other, but because men were always mentioned whenever named women conversed with one another, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. And in the case of the Russo test, episode 10 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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