The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 12

Ha-Won spent time with her “father” on Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 12, but soon, both she and Ji-Woon began to suspect Young-Jin’s intentions when he kept asking them for money.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Seo-Woo makes a confession on live radio concerning Ha-Won.

The entire cast of episode 12 was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White so the episode easily passed the race test. However, while episode 12 easily managed to pass this one diversity test, it did not pass others like the Bechdel and Russo.

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Ha-Won and Ji-Woon go on a date.

There were a couple of named women in episode 12, and while there was a time or two where some of these women talked to each other (e.g., Yoo-Na told her mom that she was interested in Seo-Woo and Ja-Young told Yoo-Na that she, Ja-Young, liked Seo-Woo), the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because whenever named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

As to why episode 12 did not pass the Russo test, 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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