JCPenney Under Fire for Product’s Hitler Resemblance

by Alyssa Oursler | May 28, 2013 12:08 pm

JCPenney Under Fire for Product’s Hitler Resemblance

JCPhitler 300x267 JCPenney Under Fire for Products Hitler ResemblanceJCPenney (JCP[1]) 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[2], 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.

Endnotes:
  1. JCP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JCP
  2. Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle: http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/for-the-home/decorate-your-room/kitchen-dining/food-food-prep/small-appliances/coffee-tea/michael-graves-design-bells-and-whistles-stainless-steel-tea-kettle/prod.jump?ppId=pp5001930588&sisearchengine=182&siproduct=GooglePLA&cm_mmc=ShoppingFeed-_-GooglePLA-_-For%20The%20Home-_-pp5001930588&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=31-151746839-2

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