The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Vampire Detective – Season 1, Episode 6

Goo-Hyung visited his high school on Vampire Detective, episode 6, and with the help of San and Gyeo-Wool, he discovered who had murdered his classmate and first love.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 6 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Goo-Hyung revisits his old memories.

Episode 6 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because while White people were mentioned a couple of times, the entire cast was Asian and there were many instances where the non-White cast talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Bechdel test, there were several named women in episode 6 and there were many instances where named women talked to each other, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. The reason? Men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other.

Episode 6 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this diversity test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 6.

*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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