The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 11

Joon-Young threatened his father on Uncontrollably Fond, episode 11, and as a result, Eul was released from jail. Life, however, wasn’t suddenly all roses for Eul once the charges against her were dropped. Case in point? As soon as Eul stepped out of the police station, Eun-Soo threatened Eul and her (Eul’s) brother. Eul, consequently, felt that she had no other choice but to flee the country so she grabbed her brother at the soonest opportunity and the two hightailed it.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Joon-Young visits Eul in her dreams

Episode 11 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because there were many 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 episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

There were named women in episode 11, and while there were instances where some of these women talked to each other, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned on those occasions that named women talked to each other.

As to why episode 11 did not pass the Russo test, there were no LGBTI characters in the episode so episode 11 did not meet any of the Russo test’s requirements.

*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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