The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 1

In the first episode of Uncontrollably Fond (which has been hyped beyond belief), Eul, who worked on documentaries, was fired due to her acceptance of a bribe. This left Eul more than a bit stranded and desperate as she badly needed money, so in an effort to earn some money and get hired by another team, she chased after Joon-Young, a popular actor and an old friend, trying to convince him to work as a subject in a documentary.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 1 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Joon-Young realizes that Eul is the woman that he has been searching for.

Episode 1 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no characters in episode 1 that were identified as being LGBTI. As to the Bechdel and race test, episode 1 passed both of these diversity tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 1, and while men were often mentioned when any of these women talked to each other, the episode passed the Bechdel test because there was instance where two named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Man Ok and Mrs. Lee greeted each other).

With respect to the race test, episode 1 easily passed this diversity test because there were numerous instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

*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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