The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The K2 – Season 1, Episode 4

When Yoo-Jin learned on The K2, episode 4, that Je-Ha hated Gwan-Soo just as much as her, she hired him (Je-Ha) and assigned him An-Na’s personal bodyguard.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 4 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

The cast of episode 4 was primarily Asian and none of the non-White individuals in the episode ever mentioned anyone White. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White individuals and episode 4 thus easily passed the race test.

In regards to how episode 4 fared when it came to the Bechdel test, there were a few named women in the episode, and while there was a time or two where some of these women talked to each other, episode 4 ultimately failed to pass the Bechdel. Why? Because whenever named women talked to each other, they mentioned men.

Episode 4 also failed to pass the Russo test, and as to why the episode did not pass the diversity test, there were no LGBTI characters in episode 4.

*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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