The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: W -Two Worlds – Season 1, Episode 12

Chul reestablished control over his life and W on W –Two Worlds, episode 12, with the help of Yeon-Joo.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Chul explains his plans to Yeon-Joo.

The entire cast of episode 12 was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White. Episode 12 thus (easily) passed the race test.

As to other diversity tests like the Bechdel, there were two named women in episode 12, Yeon-Joo and So-Hee, and because these two women never talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test.

Episode 12 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 12.

*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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