The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Doctor Crush – Season 1, Episode 8

Hye-Jung’s life was hectic in the eighth episode of Doctor Crush. All in the span of a single day, for example, she saved her friend’s life; she assisted in a live operation; she confronted her father; she partied with a bunch of doctors; and she went out on a date with Ji-Hong.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 8 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel and Russo test.

Episode 8 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because there were numerous 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. However, while episode 8 easily passed this test, it did not pass any other diversity test.

There were several named women in episode 8, and while there were occasions where some of these women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 8.

*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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