The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cinderella and Four Knights – Season 1, Episode 16

On the final episode of Cinderella and Four Knights, episode 16, Ji-Woon fell into shock during his procedure. Ha-Won, of course, was terribly upset by this turn of events and she stayed faithfully by Ji-Woon’s side until he regained consciousness. However, once Ji-Woon recovered, Ha-Won immediately left Ji-Woon and kept her distance from him.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 16 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Ha-Won has dinner with her family/

Episode 16 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this diversity test because there were many instances where non-White individual’s talked to each other without mentioning anyone White as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals. The episode did not, however, pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and Russo.

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All of the Kang cousins and their significant others gather around and frolic in some random field.

There were a couple of named women in episode 16 and there was a time or two where some of these women talked to each other. So why did the episode fail to pass the Bechdel test? Because every time named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

As to why episode 16 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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