The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 13

Madame Antoine, episode 13 was a busy episode. In the newest segment, Ji-Ho confessed to Yoo-Rim; Seung-Chan learned of Dr. Bae’s feelings; Hye-Rim discovered that Soo-Hyun’s client was his mother; an old girlfriend reappeared before Soo-Hyun; and Moon-Gon’s daughter went missing.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Hye-Rim and Soo-Hyun discuss his ex-girlfriend.

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 13. Episode 13 did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

There were a few named women in episode 13,and they rarely talked to each other, but episode 13, nonetheless, passed the Bechdel test as there was one instance where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Yoo-Rim asked Hye-Rim if she was alright). Episode 13 passed the race test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White as the entire cast was Asian and White people were only mentioned a couple of times.

*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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