The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Madame Antoine – Season 1, Episode 16

Hye-Rim was furious on Madame Antoine, episode 16. She couldn’t believe that Yoo-Rim and Ji-Ho wanted to get married at such a young age, and while dealing with these two, Hye-Rim also continued in her endeavor to help heal Soo-Hyun from his past scars.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 16 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Soo-Hyun surprises Hye-Rim with an event.

Episode 16 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 16. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 16 passed the Bechdel test because there were two instances where some of the named women that were in the episode (of which there were a few) talked to one another without mentioning men (e.g., on two separate occasions, Hye-Rim greeted Dr. bae and Yoo-Rim). Episode 16 passed the race test, and easily so, because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and the characters rarely mentioned White people.

*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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