The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 6

Believing that she had failed in her mission to get all of the Kang cousins to attend their fathers’ memorial service, Ha-Won left the Sky House on Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 6. The next day, Ha-Won went to her high school graduation, and while there, a bunch of classmates who had found out that she had been living at Sky House cornered her with the intention of sexually assaulting her. Before they could so, however, the Kang cousins rescued Ha-Won and thwarted their efforts. Everyone, including Ha-Won, then commenced to forget that Ha-Won had almost just been gang raped.

So yeah, basically, episode 6 used rape as an afterthought plot device and it was seriously messed up.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 6 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Seo-Woo searches for Ha-Won.

Episode 6 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 6. However, while this episode did not pass the Russo test, it did pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and race test.

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Hyun-Mun confesses to Ha-Won right after he has rescued her from her would-be rapists.

There were a couple of named women in episode 6 and because there were many instances where some of these women talked to each other without mentioning men, the episode passed the Bechdel test.

As to how episode 6 passed the race test, the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White.

*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.