The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 15

Hye-Rim left Soo-Hyun on Madame Antoine, episode 15 and moved to a new town. The consequence of Hye-Rim’s departure? Soo-Hyun lost his shit and he sunk into a deep depression.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Yoo-Rim sleeps over at Ji-Ho’s place.

Episode 15 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 15. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

There were a couple of occasions where the very few named women that were in episode 15 talked to one another, and because on two of those occasions, men were not mentioned (e.g., on two separate occasions, Hye-Rim greeted her sister and Dr. Bae), the episode passed the Bechdel test.

Episode 15 passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were only mentioned a time or two so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to one another without mentioning anyone White.

*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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