Does This JCPenney Tea Kettle Look Like Hitler to You? [Updated]

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Oh, JCPenney. The Plano-based department store chain just cannot seem to stop stepping in it, in the weirdest ways possible. Last year, there was Gay Dad-Gate, in which the company pissed off homophobes everywhere by featuring a photo of two gay fathers in its catalog, just after it had the temerity to name Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson.

All that took a backseat, though, to the company's financial woes under the reign of CEO Ron Johnson, who finally stepped down in April after managing to drop the company's stock price by more than 50 percent.

We hadn't heard much from JCPenney for the last couple months, as new CEO Mike Ullman (who was also the old CEO, before Johnson) tries frantically to un-sink the ship over there. But now the company's back in the news for the Michael Graves-designed tea kettle you see above, which, in addition to being stainless steel, sort of looks like Hitler, doesn't it?

See also:
- One Million Moms Doesn't Like JC Penney's Two Gay Dads At All
- Does Anyone Have a Notion of What JC Penney Even Is Now?

As Gawker noted this morning, the Hitler kettle was first spotted by Reddit users (of course), who saw the image on a billboard in Culver City, California.

"I'm a little Nazi, short and stout," notes one Redditor. "The pot is calling the kettle a fascist," adds another. "Mein Cuppa," MSN headlines their story, less cleverly.

JCPenney hasn't responded to requests for comment on the Hitler Kettle from multiple media outlets. We're pretty certain they won't respond to ours either, but we'll update if they do.

Update 1:21 p.m.: JCPenney assures us via Twitter that the tea pot's resemblance to any mustachioed dictators is "certainly unintended." A look at their timeline shows that they're busy reassuring everybody else of the same thing.

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DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Yes, folks, please leave the Projectives to those who know what they are doing, Psychologists.  We have tons of research behind those pesky little Rorschach cards.  People will see Hitler if they so choose.  I think it looks like a fucking tea kettle.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

No, but I've seen motorcycle helmetss pretty close to that.

BENHARRISON
BENHARRISON

My grandfathers fought in WW2. Hitler ran a death cult.  I played Wolfenstein 3D.

Normally, I wouldn't give JC PENNEY a pass on making light of the Worst War Ever. 

But I feel bad for these guys. JC PENNEY is going down the drain and everyone knows it. So why not go balls-out?! Do some excremental, experimental stunts as the whole thing goes up in flames.

I have a number of buzz-worthy V-2 marketing ideas. 

(Please just paperclip me out of Valley View mall. It is so creepy right now.)


JackJett
JackJett

Is he wearing HOOP ear rings?

It is hard to determine if this is too much PC or PCP.  I gave it the combo doobie and Pinot Grigio test and still no Adolf.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Some people can't handle their drugs

Rodney Holcomb
Rodney Holcomb

No, but I would like to add it to my collection!

Annabell Alvarez
Annabell Alvarez

I saw the ad, yes it does resemble hitler. But who has that much time to analyze a dumb pic? I only noticed after the fact.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

looks like a lady bent over with a black t-back

Carly K. Meyer
Carly K. Meyer

Haahhahaah...now that "Jew" mention it... (Joke only...not personal...)

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

The libtards have suck on too many Obama turds and now they are hallucinating.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@everlastingphelps What do you think about naming a cat "Hitler"? How about "Ronald Reagan"? (Two questions there. Unrelated.)

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@CitzenKim Although I am a little uncomfortable with the people who just go ahead and name their cats "Hitler" or "Adolf," you know? 

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@Anna_Merlan @CitzenKim Anyone that saw Hitler in that JC Penney photograph probably has a KID named "Adolf."

Daniel
Daniel

@Anna_Merlan  I'm not sure if there's an "employees and their families are not eligible to enter" clause, but if not, you win, Anna. In fact, I think I'm going to get a cat just so I can name it Chairman Meow. And dress it up in those weird little Nehru jacket thingies. 

My new cat will be a deeply controversial figure.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

My ex-brother in law wanted to name his cat Yassir.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel @TheCredibleHulk 

I've also got a large new picture window that seems to lure a fair amount of birds to their own untimely demise.

Woe be it for the bird that mistakenly flies into that widow and knocks itself senseless on our front-porch.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@TheCredibleHulk No more rats, mice, squirrels, songbirds, lizards, snakes...just a short list of the stuff our Siamese used to bring home.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel @Anna_Merlan 

Yep. Cute, fluffy, merciless killing machines.

I've got two orange, tiger-striped barn cats, brothers - Lenny & Squiggy, that are about 18 months old, now, that we rescued after last years round of tornadoes.

They are an amazing study in feline killing efficiency. No more rats in my out-buildings.

Daniel
Daniel

@bmarvel @Anna_Merlan 

Yes, but dogs DO kill out of a righteous sense of justice, and this actually makes them MORE like a dictator. Cats are more like Tex Watson. 

bmarvel
bmarvel

@Anna_Merlan Cats, unlike dogs, are instinctive  killers. They do not kill for food. They do not kill out of a righteous sense of justice. They do not kill to "cull the herd." They kill for the hell of it. Because it gives them pleasure. So naming a cat after one of history's blood-lusting sociopaths is only acknowledging the true nature of your cat. Anything else is simpering sentimentality.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk How dare you!  Cats are fluffy, and sweet, and loving.  No cat has ever been sociopathic in any way, shape or form.  They're fluffy.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I asked Myrna about this last week, I was so confused, but then she said she didnt even know what a gawker was lol

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan No. That beeyatch is an imposter.

Sorry.  I thought you were scolding me.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Oh, Myrna. You asked who named their cat Hitler, and I sent you a link to some lady who did. 

BTW, do you comment on Gawker under the same name? 


Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Not that one should really need a Jewish friend to know that naming your cat Hitler is a bad idea. Or Pol Pot or Nicolae Ceausescu. Dictator references should just generally be off the table for pet naming. 

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