JCPenney Under Fire for Product’s Hitler Resemblance

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

JCPhitlerJCPenney (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.

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