Although she’s currently dating American student Will Adamowicz, Emma Watson admitted to Vogue UK that when it comes to dating and style, American and British fellas aren’t even in the same ballpark. Well, anyone can see that. It’s not as though American men, besides in a few cases like Tom Ford or fictional characters like Don Draper, are exactly renowned when it comes to their take on fashion. They toss on a ball cap (is that what they’re called?), ill-fitting jeans, the shoes closest to them and they’re out the door.

But while “English guys are very well put together. They dress really well and they are very well mannered,” when it comes to dating it’s actually the American men who have it in the bag. In regards to how the Brits approach trying to woo a lady off her feet:

“Usually in the whole courting situation, I’m used to being – first of all – ignored for the first two months of the ritual. And then maybe they’ll acknowledge my presence. Then, they’ll probably be a little mean to me. And then, maybe we’ll, you know…whatever.”

Ugh. Sounds dreadful. Although depending on your age bracket, it probably doesn’t matter what country you’re from, because that sounds like the boys I knew in college.

So while Watson is sitting cozy with her American lad and all seems to be well, she does have one thing (something that is also a contention of mine) for which she does not care at all: flip-flops. Sure, American men lay it out there when it comes to trying to meet a gal, but as Watson says, “they wear flip-flops and I don’t know if I like that.” So true. When did flip-flops become appropriate footwear? Oh, they didn’t, which we covered months ago and some of you were less than happy with me on the matter. Are you going to be less than happy with sweet Emma, too?

What we have here is that in wanting to create the perfect man we need to take the shining aspects from a bunch of countries, toss it all together, add some sugar and we’ll have, well, basically Ryan Gosling. So actually, by that account, Canadians breed the perfect men? Is that the takeaway here?

Now this whole “Toronto is the best” thing is making sense.


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