The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: W – Two Worlds – Season 1, Episode 15

The final episode of W began on W – Two Worlds, episode 15, and Yeon-Joo was forced to choose the fates of Chul and her father because as she came to learn, only one could have a happy ending.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Yeon-Joo and Chul reunite despite all odds.

There were many instances in episode 15 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 episode thus easily passed the race test, but while episode 15 passed this one diversity test, it did not pass others like the Bechdel and Russo.

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Min-Soo sits down to rad the final episode of W.

Two named women appeared in episode 15 (Yeon-Joo and So-Hee), and while there was a single instance where these two women conversed with one another, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because their conversation revolved around a man (e.g., Yeon-Joo and So-Hee talked about Chul and his sentencing).

As to the Russo test, episode 15 did not pass this diversity test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*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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