The once-thriving department store J.C. Penney is in hot water after releasing a kettle that bears striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler. They’ve pulled the product from shelves and sales are soaring on eBay, with the $40 kettle going for as much as $200.
More from the Times of Israel:
Billboards for the Michael Graves-designed, “space-saving” tea kettle, which were put up across the 405 highway near Culver City, California, quickly drew the attention of passersby due its handle, cap and spout, which they said resemble the führer’s do, mustache and arm outstretched in salute.
Representatives of the American chain of mid-range department stores declined to address the issue, leading some to speculate that the likeness was orchestrated by the retail giant itself as a clever marketing tool.
“We’re all looking at and sharing a picture of an advertisement. If it was done on purpose to get people’s attention, but keep the ability to deny doing it on purpose, it’s brilliant,” exclaimed a Reddit user going by the name LevTolstoy.
Brilliant marketing ploy or honest mistake? Comments are open.