Hmmm... can I choose "both"? I mean, can I say it's appropriate censorship? I admit I don't know enough about this issue; the project is alternately described as a parade and a street exhibit*, for example. That said, the censorship itself seems to be a form of self-censorship (the project's art director decided to remove the piece, not the Swiss government) and, IMO, the bear (named "Baervers," evidently) really isn't appropriate for children...
Improper censorship is bad; I think we can agree on that. If a government has a book burned because that book preaches non-violence, for instance, itís bad. But censorship is not inherently bad any more than law is inherently bad; it just needs to be used wisely. If this bear was a parody of the Venus de Milo, I'd say it was great; and if a father asked me what he should say to his son when his son asked, "What are those?" I'd reply, "Tell him, 'Son, those are a pair of boobs.'" And if this bear is put into a museum exhibit or set up in a nightclub, I'll be pleased; I believe a person who can appreciate it for what it is will actually find it pretty amusing. It definitely shouldn't be destroyed or some such nonsense.
That said, sex is hard for kids to understand, and power is hard for kids to understand, and together they're really hard to understand. Heck, most adults don't have a good grip on the subject. The piece is cool with me, but a public place probably isn't the best location for a teddy bear with a collar and a studded paddle, IMO, so I'd be inclined to choose "both" here.
By the way, my favorite part of all this came from the original Reuters article. I quote:
The dominatrix bear's creators now seek a private home for their sadomasochist teddy. At least "Baervers" will not face the same hazards as his publicly-displayed peers, some of which have been vandalized or even kidnapped.
His publicly-displayed peers?!
By the way, this reminds me: do we have any Meet the Feebles fans here?
* I get the impression it's a summer-long street exhibit:
Some 600 teddies, variously decorated by artists, stud the streets of Zurich and its airport in the "Teddy-Summer" project.