The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 2

Ha-Won discovered that her father was not her biological father and she was kicked out of her home on the second episode of Cinderella and Four Knights, so when CEO Kang thus offered her a job and a place to live, she took him up on it and never looked back.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo.

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Ha-Won puts Ji-Woon in his place.

The entire cast of episode 2 was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without White people so the episode easily passed the race test. However, while episode 2 managed to pass the race test, it passed no other diversity test.

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Ha-Won begins her new life working for CEO Kang right after she learns the truth about her father.

Episode 2 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were named women in the episode and there were a couple of instances where some of these women talked to each other, 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 2.

*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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