The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 10

On Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 10, Ha-Won and Ji-Woon were acting all cutesy with each other, and right when Ha-Won was going to ask Ji-Woon if he liked anyone, he ran off to Hye-Ji’s rescue whose homing was being repossessed.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Hye-Ji insists to Hyun-Min that she likes Ji-Woon and not him.

Episode 10 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White. The episode did not, however, pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and Russo.

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Hye-Ji clings to Ji-Woon in a moment of need.

Several named women in appeared in episode 10, and while there were a few instances where some of these women talked to each other, the episode failed to pass the Bechdel test because whenever named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

In regards to the Russo test, episode 10 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.