The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 13

Joon-Young coldly rejected Eul time and time again on Uncontrollably Fond, episode 13, as he got ever so closer to Jung-Eun and her secrets.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Joon-Young tries to scare Eul away as she makes another advance on him.

Episode 13 passed the race test, and the episode 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 anyone White. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 13 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

Episode 13 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of named women in episode 13 and there was a single instance where some of these named women talked to each other (e.g., Na-Ri questioned Ha-Roo about Jik), the named women who talked to each other mentioned a man while they were conversing. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 13.

*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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