The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Let’s Fight, Ghost – Season 1, Episode 3

After Bong-Pal kissed Hyun-Ji, she failed to regain any of her memories, but nonetheless, Hyun-Ji continued following Bong-Pal on the third episode of Let’s Fight, Ghost and she even agreed to assist his exorcisms in the hopes that being around him would trigger a memory.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Bong-Pal and Hyun-Ji share a bed.

The entire cast of episode 3 was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people, there were numerous instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people so the episode easily passed the race test. However, while episode 3 easily passed the race test, the episode passed no other diversity test.

There were named women in episode 3 and there were even instances where some of these women talked to each other, but the episode ultimately failed to pass the Bechdel test because whenever named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

As to why episode 3 did not pass the Russo test, 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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