Tea Kettle Or Adolf Hitler? JCPenney Billboard Stirs Controversy
CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — Is it a stroke of advertising genius or much ado about nothing?
A billboard in Culver City promoting a designer tea kettle from JCPenney has bloggers buzzing about its uncanny resemblance to former German Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler.
The ad located on Centinela Boulevard east of the southbound 405 Freeway is for the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, part of a line of exclusive Michael Graves-designed kitchenware for the department store.
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.