JCPenney Under Fire for Advertising a Kettle That Looks Like Hitler -- See for Yourself CBS Local

JCPenney is being criticized after a billboard appeared in Culver City, Calif., advertising a kettle that some observers say looks a lot like Adolf Hitler, CBS Local reports.

“The ad seen off the 405 Freeway near Centinela Boulevard is for the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, part of a line of exclusive Michael Graves-designed kitchenware for the department store,” the story reports. “But some users of online content aggregator Reddit have speculated whether JCPenney -- which saw a 16 percent year-over-year drop in sales earlier this month -- intentionally made the stainless steel tea kettle resemble one of the most notorious men in history to stir up public interest.”

One user commented: “I stare at this from my office building every day and now I can tell my co-workers that I’m not the only one who saw the Hitler in the bells and whistles sign!”

JCPenney had not commented on the controversy, the piece notes.

hitler-kettle.jpgAdolf Hitler and the kettle billboard