There’s a debate brewing about whether a new JC Penney tea kettle looks a tad too much like Adolf Hitler. (I know this reads like satire, but it’s for real.)
The tea kettle, by designer Michael Graves, goes for $40 and does not, at first glimpse, appear to have designs on Poland:
The problem, some people are saying, is that the kettle, if you look at it just wrong, bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.
It’s funny, when Chris sent this to me, he said he thought it was absurd. I did too, until I looked at the photo of Hitler, looked back at the tea kettle, and I have to say, now it looks like Hitler to me. Though as others have noted, he looks more like Cartman on South Park, dressed as Hitler:
So maybe it’s, you know, the funny Hitler.
Having said that, I have no doubt that JC Penney had no intent to sell a Hitler tea kettle. I’m also hopeful that the designer had no such idea either when designing the genocidal kitchen utensil. But now that I know about it, yeah, it’s Hitler.
But, still, it’s hard to get worked up over an Aryan tea kettle.
JC Penney’s Stalin toilet plunger, however, is an entirely different matter:
And don’t even get me started on the Eva Braun bidet: