Local paper doing its part to keep uppity women in their place…on the society page

January 13th, 2011 · 64 comments

While scanning the Celebrations section of the local newspaper, Caroline in Raleigh, North Carolina was amused to see this unusual little “non-wedding announcement.”

And while I’m sure the editors (bless their hearts) were just pleased by this cheeky bit of “outside the box” feature-writing — with no implied judgement regarding a young woman’s lack of an MRS. degree — the “tsk-tsking” feel of the last line (unintentional or not) still made me feel like I was reading a Junior League newsletter from 1962.

While her three siblings were hard at work planning their respective weddings, Nikelle Orellana was busy honing her creative skills. On June 24, 2010 she received a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design. The award was for her work on Avec Eric, a cooking show featured on PBS. Nikelle is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Juan Orellana of Wake Forest, NC. She holds degrees from NC State School of Design and California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). Ms. Orellana is currently living in NYC where she works as a senior graphic designer for Droga 5. At present she has no plans for a wedding.

related: The “Next to Marry” List

extra credit: Dad glad for three weddings [newsobserver.com]

FILED UNDER: newspaper · North Carolina · Raleigh · weddings and bridezillas


64 responses so far ↓

  • #1   retikjweqriof@sijmfwqe.com

    It’s a busy news day for Raleigh.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Cackalacka

      Ha!

      Over the holidays, the N&O did put up a front-page article about how some children in Cary were protesting— wait for it— dog poop (or rather, owners who didn’t pick up after their dogs.) To be fair, unfortunately, there is a lot of news coming out of the community (namely teabaggers dismantling a highly-functional and cheap public school system so as to re-segregate.)

      Also note, the same day this was posted on the same day her other 3 siblings announcements were made. I’m guessing this was a dig from her mom.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   snick

    Ah… things like this just make me love being a girl.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   George P

    Aren’t a lot of wedding announcements written by the submitters? Maybe she wrote this herself.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   pit pat

      Yeah, either that or her parents. I doubt it was the editors.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   dissipatedfog bang

      I hope she wrote it as a “fuck you” to her parents who are dropping hints about how all her other sisters are getting married. “Sorry I’m not getting married, I’ve been busy getting an Emmy!” So it’s a daytime Emmy for title design, still…

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm   rating: 60  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   wax lion

      Umm…. yes. This totally reads as if she wrote it herself as a sarcastic poke at her family. I’m pretty sure papers don’t write wedding announcements, they print what the family gives them.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 7:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Guy

    Hey! Who says planning a wedding isn’t creative?!

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   clever name

      Me.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:37 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Nikelle's Mom

    That Emmy gonna give me any grandkids? Huh?

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm   rating: 68  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Citrico

      Grandkids are crack for old ladies. They always want more.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:53 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Nunavut Guy

      Ahh……”granny crack”…….always willing and available.

      Jan 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Honus

    What “tsk-tsking” feel?

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   April

    I don’t get this at all. Why put it in the wedding section? This is a huge accomplishment and that is so awesome for her. I don’t really understand the wedding part having anything to do with it which is why it ended up on this site. The whole thing still is just baffling to me.

    So the reporter who wrote it does not know how to write an article without mentioning a wedding?!

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   TKD

      Priceless. Keep ‘em coming dearie.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Canthz_B bang

      I’d assume the wedding announcements for her three siblings preceded this notice, and the parents just didn’t want her left out of noted in the paper day.

      But that’s just a guess.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   inothernews

      It’s a correct guess. This came out last month and the other two sisters had wedding announcements the same day, so they put in a third article about it.

      http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/29/831712/dad-glad-for-three-weddings.html

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:18 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

      Well, if the family is so loving and affectionate and the final sentence was meant as a playful jab at fate, then today’s entry isn’t funny any more.

      NEXT!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Canthz_B bang

      Yay, Me!

      And congrats to them all! :-D

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:27 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   April

      Oh well that makes more sense. :) I guess that is nice that the parents wanted to mention her accomplishments too. Must be stressful for the entire family having 3 weddings so close together! Yikes!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:02 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   Mace Elaine

      Best quote from the article inothernews posted:

      Jeanne Orellana said her children married a Greek, a Pole and an Italian. “And Nikki is dating a Filipino.” Mealtime when they all get together, she said, “is like my own Disney ride: ‘It’s a small world after all.’ ”

      Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/29/831712/dad-glad-for-three-weddings.html#ixzz1B2sGoJ5Q

      Jan 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.8   GhostWriter bang

      A Greek, an Italian and a Filipino meet up with a Pole (or is that, “…walk into a bar”?)

      Jan 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.9   park rose

      . . . walk into a bar with a pole, and many people from Lapland.

      Jan 15, 2011 at 7:09 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.10   Russian

      I’m waiting to Lap up the punchline to this joke!

      Jan 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.11   Canthz_B bang

      Someday I’m going to open a strip-club and call it Lapland.
      I was going to go with Fleshdance, Pole-Land or Boobtown, but Lapland is better.

      Jan 16, 2011 at 12:54 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   TKD

    I’ve got $20 that says Mrs. Juan Orellana works at the local newspaper. This is a beautiful piece of PA artwork that only a mother’s love could design.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   bex

    i’d like it he she submitted this herself, in a ‘f you mum and dad- i’m not getting married but i won a frikkin emmy! ‘

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   bex

    he=if

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Tam

    It was in the wedding section because her three siblings’ weddings were all featured in the wedding section that day as well:

    http://www.stfucouples.com/post/2527760954/ill-take-the-emmy

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   klc

    Why is this being reported in the “Weddings This Week” section? I wonder if her Mom passively-aggressively submitted this for her…

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    She’s not allowed to get married until after the Droga 5 colony ship lands on Xanizinor 3 Prime.

    Get with the program people!

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Mama2three

    An interview with the dad:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/29/831712/dad-glad-for-three-weddings.html

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:14 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Mel

    To me that last line came across as, “Hey fellas! She’s single!”

    Jan 14, 2011 at 4:31 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Kate

    This is out of context. It’s not called the “Wedding Page,” it’s the announcements page. Also, as poster above mentioned, it was a joke – her three other siblings had wedding announcements on the same page.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 7:27 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Canthz_B bang

      Fact?

      Then #7.2 was a pretty good guess. :-)

      Jan 14, 2011 at 7:46 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   GhostWriter bang

      Yes, CB it was a good guess, but (for the tenth time) NO, I am not interested in signing up for “CB’s Psychic Newsletter…”

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:44 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Canthz_B bang

      I knew that, GW!! ;-)

      Jan 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   inothernews

    Here is the full story: Three of four kids got married within the same year, so they put the fourth announcement in as a fun joke.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/29/831712/dad-glad-for-three-weddings.html

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   raychel

    I get the back story. I still think the last line coould read “Orellna is still a career minded spinster who will regret her life choices when she’s old and gray.” I also love that she is wearing a black dress when all of her married sisters are in wedding white.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:27 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Canthz_B bang

      Well, you really can’t wear white if you sleep your way to an Emmy Award!

      j/k

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:34 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   GhostWriter bang

    I get a kick out of the married names of the sisters, each one being worse than the next: Slovey, Bongiorni, and Kyriakopoulos. They sound like a Greek catering team.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   GhostReader

      Better than GhostWriter.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   H for Toy

      The good news is, only one wedding was for a sister; two of the weddings were for the Orellana brothers. So, they’re getting rid of two of those names. The bad news is, the one they’re keeping is Kyriakopoulos.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   Momma B

      Excuse me, but I happen to like the name Bongiorni!!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   Clarice

      Kyriakopoulos is an awesome name. Your name is merely a defunct PBS kiddie show.

      Jan 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   Canthz_B bang

      I’m for any name with “Bong” in it.

      Jan 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   GhostRider

    BOTH YOUR NAMES SUCK!

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   GhostWriter bang

      In retrospect, anything’s probably better than being a girl with a last name of “Oral Annie.”

      That would really suck.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Momma B

      you are nuts!!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   mobiuschic42

    Wow, the mom’s quote in the article is great:

    “Jeanne Orellana said her children married a Greek, a Pole and an Italian. “And Nikki is dating a Filipino.” Mealtime when they all get together, she said, “is like my own Disney ride: ‘It’s a small world after all.’ “”

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   easily distracted

    Nikki has no plans to get married. If you would like to thank her for excusing you from the time and money you’d be obliged to spend for an engagement party, wedding shower, his and her shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal, destination wedding, reception and welcome back from the honeymoon party-she is registered at Prada, Versace and Tiffany’s.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   maggie

    epic fail. her siblings were all getting married and her parents put it in as a joke.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   bob loblaw

    Nikelle = tranny

    she’s packing 8 uncut inches

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Momma B

      That is a mean thing to say-she is a beautiful girl!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   sleeps

      Momma B- this is not the site for you. Run away now.

      Jan 15, 2011 at 12:52 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   jools

    I read it as the opposite sentiment. “Some of our offspring are getting maried, woo-hoo, here’s our obligatory thing in the local paper. Got that. But CHECK OUT OUR SMART DAUGHTER’S EMMY.”

    Jan 15, 2011 at 6:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   anglophile bang

    I’m sure all your daughters are beautiful and accomplished, and all your sons-in-law are kind and responsible, Momma B, but here at PassiveAggressiveNotes, that kind of nicey-nice just ruins our fun.

    Don’t take anything anyone here says personally. This is not a candidate for your digital scrapbook.

    Jan 15, 2011 at 9:39 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   ariane

    Joke or not, the “announcement” is in poor taste. It would have been vaguely amusing in, oh, about 1953. Maybe. With any luck.

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Zsa

    Not that Raleigh is a SMALL town, but I’ve lived in enough small towns to know that P-A-ness is very common is small town papers. They are a hoot to read (especially after you have been gone a while).
    I would love a follow up that shows the arrest records page and all 3 of the grooms-to-be locked up in the drunk tank after getting rowdy at Cooter’s Corner.

    Jan 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Canthz_B bang

      “At present she has no plans for a wedding, bless her sweet heart.”

      Jan 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Nunavut Guy

    Maybe this is Orellana’s subtle way of outing herself.What are the marriage laws like in N.C.?

    Jan 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Mira8

    HELLS YES hats off to this woman. NOTHING AGAINST MARRIAGE but why can’t people understand you can be happy single?

    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   ariane

      Aside from the fact that three weddings must have run into bucks for Mom and Dad, while an Emmy would cost them nothing and give them all kinds of bragging rights…if they could only see that.

      Jan 17, 2011 at 7:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   Penny

    10 years later…
    daughter 1- ‘damn bastard slept with the maid’
    daughter 2 ‘mine wants a divorce’
    daughter 3- ‘mine is fat and smells AND wants a divorce’

    Nikelle sez ‘…i have an emmy!!’

    Feb 10, 2011 at 7:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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