The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Uncontrollably Fond – Season 1, Episode 20

Uncontrollably Fond ended today with episode 20, and while the episode was a bit lackluster, justice did finally prevail. What happened? Well, Hyun-Joon aired the video of Jung-Eun’s confession; charges were brought against Hyun-Joon; Ji-Tae and his mother resigned from their positions at their company; and Jung-Eun was arrested.

As to Eul’s fate in episode 20, she stayed with Joon-Young during his final days, and when he eventually died, she went on to further expose corruption as a documentarian.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 20 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Eul comforts Joon-Young.

The entire cast of episode 20 was Asian. Because none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals, 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. However, while episode 20 managed to pass the race test, it did not pass other diversity tests like the Bechdel and Russo.

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Eul talks to Joon-Young while he sleeps.

Episode 20 failed to pass the Bechdel test because while there were several named women in the episode, none of these women ever talked to each other.

As to the Russo test, episode 20 did not pass this diversity 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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