The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 14

Fed up with Soo-Hyun’s antics, Hye-Rim broke up with him on Madame Antoine, episode 14, and she finally exacted the revenge she oh-so craved.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Seung-Chan and Ji-Ho fess up to Soo-Hyun and they inform him that Hye-Rim and Yoo-Rim know about the experiment.

Episode 14 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people (and this was possible because the entire cast was Asian and because White people were only mentioned a time or two). However, while episode 14 managed to pass one diversity test, it didn’t do so great when it came to the other diversity tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 14, and while there were a few instances where some of these named women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test, and it did not pass this test because men were always mentioned whenever named women conversed with one another. Episode 14 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 14.

*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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