We're pretty sure that no national retailer wants its name associated with Hitler, but JCPenney has unfortunately fallen victim to the mania of internet memes.
Just four days ago, an Imgur user posted a picture of a JCPenney billboard and noted that the seemingly innocuous tea kettle on the right looked like Hitler. From there, the unfathomably ridiculous comparison spread like wildfire, possibly because the headlines are hard to resist; when the words "Hitler teapot" flash across your news feed, how can you not click through?
It seems likely that no one believes JCPenney actually wanted to portray the Nazi dictator in the form of a tea kettle, and naturally the retailer has denied it, even pointing out that it looks more like a snowman. But that hasn't stopped the jokes from pouring in: there are even T-shirts available to purchase, with a portion of the revenue going to the Anti-Defamation League. JCPenney has since removed the item from its site, which isn't surprising since it really doesn't need anymore bad publicity.
Readers, what do you think? Is the Internet totally crazy?
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