The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo – Season 1, Episode 7

Hae-Soo began her new life as a court lady on Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, episode 7, and upon the request of the Crown Prince, she attended Eun’s birthday party where all kinds of antics, both good and bad, went down.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Wook teaches Hae-Soo how to write.

Episode 7 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 7. The episode did, however, pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and race test.

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So scolds Hae-Soo for her reckless behavior.

Several named women appeared in episode 7 and some of these women occasionally talked to each other. Out of the times that named women talked to each other, there was a single instance where men were not mentioned (e.g., Queen Hwangbo asked Hae-Soo how she was doing) so the episode thus passed the Bechdel test.

As to how episode 7 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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