The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: W – Two Worlds – Season 1, Episode 8

Chul worried for Yeon-Joo’s safety on the newest episode of W – Two Worlds, episode 8, and in an effort to save her and his world, he killed himself for the second time.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

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Chul asks Yeon-Joo to re-write W right before he kills himself for the second time.

Episode 8 passed the race test, and the episode passed this diversity 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 anyone White. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

There were a couple of named women in the episode 8, but the episode failed to pass the Bechdel test because none of these women ever talked to each other (in fact, named or unnamed women never 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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