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J.C. Penney Removes 'Hitler' Kettle Billboard

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The kerfuffle over a tea kettle bearing a potential resemblance to Adolf Hitler has reached a boiling point, as J.C. Penney has removed a billboard advertising the product and taken it off its website.

A California billboard depicting the Michael Graves-designed kettle for sale at the store was taken down Wednesday. The sign, first noticed by Reddit users near the 405 freeway in Culver City, had many online questioning whether they were being saluted by the Nazi dictator or waiting for tea to heat up when looking at the tea kettle.

The $40 product was also pulled off the company's website as of Thursday. The company did not respond to a request for comment from TODAY.com.