The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 8

The Kang cousins, Ha-Won, Hye-Ji and Hye-Jung all went on a trip on the eighth episode of Cinderella and Four Knights, and while some of them chose to keep their distance from each other, others did not. Two such people? Ha-Won and Ji-Woon.

Ha-Won and Ji-Woon spent quite a bit of time with each other in episode 8. They, for example, went horseback riding; Ji-Woon helped Ha-Won search for her missing necklace; they shared an accidental embrace; Ji-Woon walked in on Ha-Won while she was showering; they got drunk together; and most importantly, they kissed one another when they were super drunk. So the question thus became, will anything come out of the time that Ha-Won and Ji-Woon spent together? Or will everything return to how it once was when they go back home?

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

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Everyone bonds over food and drinks.

Episode 8 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 8. The episode did, however, pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and race test.

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Ha-Won and Ji-Woon kiss after a very long day.

There were several named women in episode 8 and there were also a couple instances where some of these women talked to each other. Out of the few times that named women talked to each other, there was one occasion where men were not mentioned (e.g., Hye-Jung told Ha-Won to drink some milk), and because of this occasion, the episode passed the Bechdel test.

As to how episode 8 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.

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