The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 13

Ha-Won and Ji-Woon began their new dating life on Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 13, and while they did their best to keep it under wraps, Grandpa Kang inevitably found out and forced Ha-Won to either pick Ji-Woon or her future.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Grandpa Kang spots Ha-Won and Ji-Woon.

Episode 13 passed the race test, and the episode passed this diversity test because 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. However, while episode 13 managed to pass this one diversity test, it did not pass others like the Bechdel and Russo.

Episode 13 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a few named women in the episode and there was a time or two where some of these women talked to each other, men were always mentioned the very few times that named women talked to each other.

As to the Russo test, episode 13 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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