The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 19

Eul retook control over her life on Uncontrollably Fond, episode 19, by getting back together with Joon-Young and reestablishing power boundaries with Hyun-Joon. However, while Eul managed to become the master of her own destiny, Joon-Young was steadily but surely losing any and all control over his life as he continuously forgot and confused his memories.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 19 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or race test.

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Joon-Young and Eul go on a date.

The entire cast of episode 19 was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone mentioned anyone White. As such, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people and the episode thus easily passed the race test.

As to other diversity tests like the Bechdel and Russo, episode 19 did not pass either of these tests. Why? Well, in the case of the Bechdel test, episode 19 did not pass this test because while there were a couple of named women in  the episode and there was even an instance where two named women talked to each other (e.g., Ha-Won questioned her mom about how Ji-Tae had been injured), the one time that named women talked to each other, they mentioned a man.

And in regards to the Russo test,  episode 19 did not pass this test 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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