Much of society is already aware of the couleur de jour, millennial pink, aptly named after an entire generation. Perhaps because I’m not one, I am happening on this last.

It’s a warm pink that embraces everyone, and no one is excluded from wearing it, including those with man buns. A shade that falls somewhere between salmon and sunrise, Millennial Pink sells to such a degree that restaurants repaint their walls and try to turn their entrees the color via shrimp and grapefruit. And while it’s easy to understand why diners would find this appetizing, the rest of the matter requires some decoding.

The positive correlation of pink is its understanding, nurturing and naiveté. It’s a non-threatening color that signifies everything’s rosy and it will all be OK, much like our mothers assured us when we were children. Prisons put their inmates in pink rooms to calm them down. In color psychology and business, it is a sign of hope, à la Susan G. Komen. It represents nicely the millennial traits of tolerance and support for LGBT rights (after all, pink can’t be pigeonholed as red or white), multitasking (it does red and white at the same time) and equality for minorities (both red and white work together in peace and harmony.)

However, millennials may want to consider the decade of sociological research that has identified their overwhelming sense of entitlement — the same trait that entitles them to their own color — and that their signature pink also possesses emotional connotations of weakness, neediness, immaturity and girlishness, a lack of will power and giddiness, as if it’s abandoning the adult responsibilities of becoming red.

Millennial pink. It sounds like nail polish.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Thanks for Your Support

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association honored their volunteers with an appreciation social at the Alumni House. “It’s the end of the year for elected officials, and we have volunteers who serve on our committees,” said Dan Hare. In the mix were director Jennifer LeMeunier, ambassador extraordinaire Dalta Gary and outgoing Angela Morrison, while Volunteer of the Year Beverly Black was skyped in from Atlanta. By the way, there are Ragin’ Cajuns in clubs throughout the land, the largest of which are in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Pensacola, Florida. “Thousands,” LeMeunier said.

VIP Party

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum welcomed donors to a preview party and first glimpse of "Pierre Bonnard: Landscapes from Le Cannet." Art patrons enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before going upstairs to tour, and having an artful evening were Richard and Judy Kennedy, Cecile Mouton, Michael Barras, filmmaker Pat Mire, former City-Parish President Joey Durel, and Randy Haynie, fresh from the political fray and traffic in Baton Rouge. “The House took off early for the holiday weekend, if you needed a two-thirds majority,” he said.

Nunsense

Stage Backers launched its opening night fundraiser at Cité des Arts with dinner and a play, while the cast of "Nunsense" donned their habits. The musical comedy details the trials and tribulations the Little Sisters of Hoboken endure attempting to fund the burials of their colleagues. “I told Christy we have to do 'Nunsense,' ” said Curtis Norris, who plays Mother Superior Mary Regina and one of three men in female roles. “My mother was in it twice in Eunice; it’s one of my favorite shows.” The second-longest running Off-Broadway show in history will be performed by The Riveters and run the first three weekends in June. Regarding the men, director Christy Leichty said, “Oh yeah, it’s on purpose. When they’re not used to it, it’s funny.”

Fine Arts Anniversary

Tanya Falgout celebrated her one-year business anniversary with cake and all the trimmings. The Fine Arts Coop was alive with artists and congratulations, including "Skin Wars" veteran Brittney Pelloquin painting the perfect tribute. “I went with the transformation theme,” Pelloquin said. “We go through phases. Just like a butterfly, so do we.” Falgout has transformed the old Euphoria location into a chic gallery and performance venue, and looking pretty chic themselves were living canvas Paige Barnett, photographer Philip Gould, fellow gallery owner Donald LeBlanc, Ralph Schexnaydre and Michael Istre, who provided the music and hand-paints his business cards individually. Ask for his green binder in the drawer, you’ll be glad you did.

Symphony League Luncheon

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a leak in the roof can keep the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League from its appointed rounds. Zea welcomed them to a private luncheon for members and new faces, and damp but undaunted were league Director Dana Baker, symphony girl Rachael Sudul, longtime leaguer Sharon Moss, Jan Frost Williams, president passé Sangeeta Shah, handing over her gavel to Jeanie Simon Domingue, new Vice President Sally Burdette and pretty newbies Roya Boustany and Katie Guidry.