THE PERFECT TEA KETTLE FOR ANTHONY!!!

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Hurr...durr...

Wonder how many times Ant's been tweeted this story...

The Tea Kettle On This JCPenney Billboard Looks A Lot Like Hitler
The Telegraph | May 28, 2013, 1:29 PM | 19,934 | 17



Trouble is brewing for an American retailer after customers noted that one of its tea kettles bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

Bemused motorists took photographs of the huge JCPenney billboard advertising the kettle as they drove past it on the 405 Interstate highway near Culver City in California, one of America's busiest stretches of roads.

"That Hitler looks like a kettle," commented one user of Reddit, one of several websites where the image was posted over the weekend.

"He even has his right arm extended," wrote another, while a third added: "I'm a little Nazi, short and stout."

Things that look like Hitler has become a popular web meme — with the genre perhaps defined by the house in Swansea that bears an unsettling resemblance to the Nazi Fuhrer.

The kettle — officially the Michael Graves Design "Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle" - retails for £35.08 on the JCPenney website, and can be delivered to the U.K.

"This stainless steel tea kettle has all the bells and whistles you'll need — a cool-touch handle, space-saving design and a delightful whistle to let you know when it's ready to pour," the website stated.

One reviewer on the website noted that she loved the kettle's "sleek European design." "My kids love when it boils and starts to whistle," she wrote. "I can not say enough good things about this!"

A second reviewer was less enthralled, however, describing the quality of the kettle as "extremely poor." "Mostly (sic) importantly the kettle's bell does NOT ring and its whistle volume is extremely low!" the consumer wrote.

When listing pros, however, the same user noted that the appliance "looks beautiful."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hitler-teapot-on-jcpenney-billboard-2013-5#ixzz2UfVI2q5i
 
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Trouble is brewing for an American retailer after customers noted that one of its tea kettles bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.
I really hate that I read this sentence... it's pretty fucking ridiculous.

That said, it sounds like the writer wasn't taking this seriously... at least I hope they weren't.
 
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Heil good marketing!

Hitler tea kettle sells out online.

You’ll have to visit JC Penney stores in person to buy the tea kettle that resembles former German Chancellor and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Over Memorial Day weekend, a user on social news site Redditnoticed something odd: a tea kettle that looked like Hitler. The Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle ($40) recently showed up on a JC Penney billboard near Culver City, Calif. (If you don’t see the leader of the Third Reich, it’s all about the negative space created by the kettle’s Hitler-hair handle, like seeing the arrow in the FedEx logo.) By Tuesday morning, the kettle had gone viral. By Tuesday afternoon, it was sold out on JC Penney’s site.

(MORE: The 5 Big Mistakes That Led to Ron Johnson’s Ouster at JC Penney)

While JC Penney didn’t respond to messages about the product, the out-of-stock kettle was the only one of the 31 tea kettles sold on jcpenney.com to be sold out Tuesday afternoon.

The retailer, which has had to put out one fire after another over the past couple of years, soon began trying to explain its latest hiccup over Twitter, calling the tea kettle’s resemblance to the man responsible for the Holocaust unintentional. “If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun
,” the company tweeted.
(MORE: The Coming Corporate Crackdown)

JC Penney has recently been through the most tumultuous period in its history, from the hiring of former Apple and Target superstar Ron Johnson as CEO to his radical reinvention of the entire brand to his eventual firing and the subsequent rehiring of former CEO Mike Ullman. The company is now reversing many of Johnson’s decisions, once again embracing the use of sales and discount pricing.

Considering everything JC Penney has been through recently, the Hitler tea kettle ad may be the least of its worries. In fact, it even appears to have moved a few products.
http://business.time.com/2013/05/29/jcpenneys-hitler-tea-kettle-sells-out-online/
 
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