The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 7

Joon-Young tried to resist pursuing Eul on Uncontrollably Fond, episode 7, but he ultimately failed to do so and he instead wound up spending some one-on-one time with her at his home.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Ji-Tae informs Jung-Eun that he knows that she knows about Eul.

The entire cast of episode 7 was Asian so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people, the episode easily met all of the race test’s requirements and passed this diversity test. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 7 did not pass either of these tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 7, and while there was a single instance where two of these named women talked to each other (e.g., Ha-Roo talked to her maid about Joon-Young), the episode failed to pass the Bechdel test because men were mentioned during that conversation.

As to why episode 7 did not pass the Russo test, that was 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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