The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Lucky Romance – Season 1, Episode 7

Bo-Nui was absolutely despondent in Lucky Romance, episode 7 when she was unable to have sex with a tiger. Soo-Ho followed after Bo-Nui to make sure she didn’t do anything stupid in the midst of her despair, but alas, Soo-Ho couldn’t be with Bo-Nui every minute of the day, and as soon as she was out of his sight, Bo-Nui set into motion new plans.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Soo-Ho fends off a man who has been hitting on Bo-Nui.

Episode 7 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 as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 7 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

Episode 7 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of named women in episode 7 and there were instances where some of these named women talked to each other, men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. Episode 7 did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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