The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 17

Joon-Young entrapped Jung-Eun on Uncontrollably Fond, episode 17, and got her ever closer to confessing her crime, but in doing so, he also further harmed Eul and his relationship with her.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 17 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jung-Eun’s father discovers that she is dating Joon-Young.

The entire cast of episode 17 was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals. Because of this, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White and the episode thus (easily) passed the race test. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 17 failed to pass either of these diversity tests.

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Jik comforts Ha-Roo after Na-Ri tells them to break up.

Episode 17 failed to pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of named women in the episode and there were instances where some of these women talked to each other, men were always mentioned whenever any of the named women talked to each other.

In regards to why episode 17 did not pass the Russo test, 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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