The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Lucky Romance – Season 1, Episode 11

Bo-Nui refused to accept Soo-Ho’s love on Lucky Romance, episode 11, and she, instead, interfered with his family life.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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For some apparent reason, Gun-Wook thinks he should propose to Bo-Nui.

Episode 11 passed the race test, and the episode easily 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 test, there were named women in episode 11 and there were instances where some of these women talked to each other, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel, and episode 11 did not pass this test because whenever named women talked to each other, men were mentioned.

Episode 11 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this diversity test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11.

*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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