We live in a society that sees all sorts of things in all sorts of things. Jesus on toast or frying pans. The Virgin Mary in tree bark. And now Hitler in a tea kettle. Yes, J.C. Penney caused a stir in California with a billboard of its Michael Graves-designed product.

(jcpenney.com)
(jcpenney.com)

According to Today.com, the billboard was noticed near the 405 freeway in Culver City. Oh, the chatter it ignited on reddit. Some people were actually questioning whether the whole thing was a coincidence. Seriously, people. Executives make terrible marketing decisions, and intentionally selling a product that resembles the most evil person of the 20th century would rank high on the stupidity scale. But the folks at J.C. Penney took it all in stride with a cute tweet to various news organizations seeking comment.

(JC Penney.com) (jcpenney.com)

@Dallas_Observer Certainly unintended. If we’d designed the kettle to look like something, we would’ve gone w/this: pic.twitter.com/ctlye1fgOO

Pity that kettle isn’t as cute as the company’s response. #immediateregift

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