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.