The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 5

Ji-Woon, Hyun-Min and Seo-Woo’s fathers’ death day was about to arrive on Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 5, but none of them what to attend their fathers’ memorials. Upon learning of this, Ha-Won jumped into action and she tried to convince the three to attend their fathers’ memorials but her efforts were for naught as all she managed to do was create more problems instead of solving them.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Seo-Woo catches Ha-Won going through his things.

The entire cast of episode 5 and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White so episode 5 easily passed the race test. However, while episode 5 managed to pass the race test, it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Ha-Woon questions Ji-Woon’s true feelings regarding his father.

There were a few named women in episode 5 and there were even a couple of instances where some of these women talked to each other. So why did the episode not pass the Bechdel test? Because anytime any of the named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

As to why episode 5 did not pass the Russo test, there were no LGBTI characters in the episode thus making it impossible for episode 5 to pass the Russo.

*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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