The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 11

Ha-Won was feeling immensely jealous of Hye-Ji on Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 11. All of the Kang cousins were very self-conscious and aware of Hye-Ji’s presence, unlike Ha-Won whom they were comfortable with since day one, and Ji-Woon was constantly spending time with Hye-Ji. To make matters even worse for Ha-Won, a man claiming to be her father suddenly showed up on her doorstep in episode 11 and he shook up her life as she knew it.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Hye-Ji moves into Ha-Won’s room.

Episode 11 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this diversity tests because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 11 passed the Bechdel test because there were a couple of instances where named women (of which there were a few in episode 11) talked to each other, and out of these instances, there were two occasions where men were not mentioned (e.g., a named woman maid told Hye-Ji to let her know if she, Hye-Ji, needed anything and Ha-Won told Hye-Ji she would do her laundry).

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Hyun-Min asks Ji-Woon to take credit for the things that he, Hyun-Min, is doing for Hye-Ji.

As to why episode 11 passed the race test, there were many instances 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 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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