The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jealousy Incarnate – Season 1, Episode 2

Na-Ri screwed up big time on Jealousy Incarnate, episode 2, by drinking and ruining her broadcasting outfit right before her weather segment, and as a result of her actions, she was fired from the broadcasting station.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

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Both Hwa-Shin and Jung-Won witness Na-Ri’s drunk on-air weather report.

Episode 2 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this diversity test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 2. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

There were a couple of named women in episode 2 and while these women hardly ever talked to each other, the episode passed the Bechdel test because there was one instance where two of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Na-Ri talked to a named weather woman about work).

As to the race test, episode 2 easily passed this diversity test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals.

*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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