The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 12

Hye-Rim broke up with Soo-Hyun on Madame Antoine, episode 12, and while Soo-Hyn was upset by her sudden (at least as far as he was concerned) decision, he didn’t have time to dwell on it as someone had stolen his identity and he was determined to capture the culprit.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Soo-Hyun and Hye-Rim love each other, fight and make up with one another.

Episode 12 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because there were many times where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and White people were rarely mentioned by any of the characters. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 12 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

Episode 12 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there a couple of instances where the very few named women that were in the episode talked to each other, men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. Episode 12 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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