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Bad Publicity Spurs Internet Sales of Hitler Look-alike Tea Kettle

Bad publicity sometimes is great for business, especially if it involves Hitler. JC Penney hurriedly removed a billboard showing a tea kettle that looked like Hitler. It sold out on the Internet.
The JC Penney tea kettle that can be seen as resembling Hitler

The JC Penney tea kettle that can be seen as resembling Hitler

Sales of a tea kettle that looks like Hitler have skyrocketed after publicity about the look-alike kettle on a California billboard caused so much commotion that the chain store hurriedly took it down.

The attention sparked by the initial publicity of the $40 stainless steel tea kettle, which was sold out on Penney’s website, where it now has been removed.

But business still is booming. eBay is offering the kettle for four times the price, at $199, or best offer.

It only takes a little imagination to see the kettle’s handles as Hitler’s hair parting, with the lid being his moustache and the spout a Nazi salute.

The power of suggestion from the publicity has made the kettle a hit among Nazi lovers.

JC Penney Tweeted, “If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun.”

However, after the billboard picture originally had been posted, JC Penney stated on its Facebook page, “You won’t be able to stop yourself from whistling at us when you see this billboard off the 405 Freeway in LA!!! If you find it safely shoot us a pic if you can.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “Bad Publicity Spurs Internet Sales of Hitler Look-alike Tea Kettle”

  1. Hitler was just a misunderstood artist. Rejection is the most brutal of human conditions and young Adolf underwent the metamorphosis into the monster of our historical lore by his rejection from art school. See him his happiest and read all about it at.
    http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-little-hitler.html

  2. Hitler was just a misunderstood artist. Rejection is the most brutal of human conditions and young Adolf underwent the metamorphosis into the monster of our historical lore by his rejection from art school. See him his happiest and read all about it at.
    http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-little-hitler.html

  3. James Cash Penney
    James Cash Penney, Jr. (September 16, 1875 – February 12, 1971) was an American businessman and entrepreneur who, in 1902, founded the J.C. Penney stores.
    Affiliations
    Penney was a Freemason most of his adult life, being Initiated into Wasatch Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons of Utah, on April 18, 1911. A member of both the Scottish and York Rites Penney was coroneted a 33rd Degree on October 16, 1945, and received the Gold Distinguished Service Award by the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, in Kansas City, Missouri in 1958. Penney was involved with the founding of the University of Miami and served on its Board of Trustees from 1926 to 1930. During the Great Depression, Penney teamed with Thomas J. Watson, President and Founder of IBM, Arthur Godfrey, the radio and TV personality; and Norman Vincent Peale, a minister, inspirational speaker, and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, to form the first board of 40Plus, an organization that helps unemployed managers and executives. Penney was also member of two professional fraternities: Alpha Gamma Rho and Alpha Kappa Psi. /From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tom Monaghan
    Thomas Stephen “Tom” Monaghan (born March 25, 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American entrepreneur and Roman Catholic who founded Domino’s Pizza in 1960. He owned the Detroit Tigers from 1983 to 1992.

    Monaghan sold Domino’s in 1998 and has subsequently dedicated his time and considerable fortune to Catholic causes. A champion of the pro-life movement and other conservative causes, Monaghan has spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting these causes.

    Catholic philanthropy and activism
    Mr. Monaghan is reputed to be a member of Opus Dei and has been aligned with a number of other conservative Catholic organizations and causes.

    Monaghan is a donor to Priests for Life, a Roman Catholic pro-life organization. He is a knight of magistral grace in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. /From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sam Walton
    Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was an American businessman and entrepreneur born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club.
    Early life
    Also during his time in college, Walton joined the Zeta Phi chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was also tapped by QEBH, the well-known secret society on campus honoring the top senior men, and the national military honor society Scabbard and Blade.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Beta_Theta_Pi_members /From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  4. When do they start the marketing campaign for the Pol Pot?

  5. Dan Silagi says:

    This is the stupidest controversy I've heard heard of. This teapot looks like any other; the difference is that the photo of it was shot using a white background. I guess my teapot looks like the Fuhrer, too. Next time I make myself a pot of coffee I'll click my heels and give it the Nazi salute; after all, I"ve been called a Nazi by some of the Haredi ******s who post here because I'm outspokenly in favor of allowing the Women of the Wall to pray at the Kotel wearing men's tallises, something I don't thing the Fuhrer would be in favor of.

  6. Dan Silagi says:

    This has to be about the stupidest controversy ever. This teapot looks like any other, including ours. It was that its photo was shot from the side against a white background.

    Next time I make myself coffee, I'll click my heels and give it the Nazi salute. After all, I've been called a Nazi by some of the haredi doofusses posting here because of my outspoken support of the Women of the Wall praying at the Kotel singing the She'ma and wearing mens' style-tallises. Somehow, I suspect the Fuhrer would not have approved of Jewish women doing this. Nor Jewish men.

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    It's really not the teapot but the ad that started the whole issue

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    It's really not the teapot but the ad that started the whole issue

  9. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Is it a coincidence that as soon as soros took controlling share of JCP, a "Nazi controversy" follows?

  10. Grace Acosta says:

    My neighbor down the street has a black and white cat who looks like Hitler. A "Kitler", they call them. Black patch on the head, over to one side, and a rather unfortunate black marking beneath his nose. Every time I walk by the house he stares at me from the front window. I think he's plotting something, and he may be in league with the teapot designer.

    Should I be worried? Who do I complain too? Is there a big market on Ebay for cats who look like Hitler? (I could use some spare cash right now.)

  11. Kathy Layden says:

    this is the most ignorant think I have ever seen. you have to be kidding. get a hobby.

  12. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Kathy Layden And yet you are unable to post why. It is not the teapot in controversy, it is the way the ad si presented! But no surprise given the nazi soros is now the JCP majority stakeholder

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