JCPenney (JCP) just can’t catch a break these days. After a tough year under now-fired CEO Ron Johnson, the struggling department store is under fire for something seemingly simple: a billboard.
Yes, a recent outdoor advertisement for the company features a tea kettle that, oddly enough, bears a strong resemblance to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which can be found on the department store’s website, not only has a similar “hairstyle,” but seems to have its arm extended.
Users on Twitter and Reddit were quick to point it out, criticize it and make harsh jokes.
One comment: “It’s nice to JCPenney uses as much oversight on their billboards as their fiscal strategy.”
Granted, it’s a pretty fair quip considering revenue at the company fell 16.4% in the most recent quarter, leading to a loss of $348 million.