My roommate from college is getting married this weekend, and I bought something from off the registry the other day (You're getting an iron!). I did not do my shopping at JC Penney (not that I have anything against the store), but I think this connection between a freaking tea kettle and a 20th century dictator is a bit of a stretch.
Apparently there is a billboard in California that featured the kettle and it was distracting to drivers. According to "The Daily Beast" JC Penney has taken down the billboard as well as the listing for the $40 kettle...after they all sold out. Be careful who you give this gift to, I guess.