Hardcore teddy banned from bear parade  

mi_mwpm 51M
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5/24/2005 4:30 pm

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Hardcore teddy banned from bear parade

AS someone asked me earlier... wonder if the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory has one of these?

May 24, 11:04 AM (ET)

ZURICH (Reuters) - A giant dominatrix teddy bear wearing a leather mask and brandishing hand-cuffs has been banned from sober Zurich's street display of man-sized model bears, the project's artistic director said Tuesday.

While tourists pose for snaps next to a brightly-painted and benign array of models such as the "schoolteacher bear" and the "skier bear," "Baervers" -- a pun on the German for perverse -- has been deemed too steamy for the financial capital's streets.

"This bear is perverse, dominatrix and hardcore. We had to ban it because of the children," Beat Seeberger-Quin, the project's art director, told Reuters.

The offending bear, which sports bright red lipstick, a corset and thigh-length leather boots, stands atop a pedestal bearing the words "first class service."

Some 600 teddies, variously decorated by artists, stud the streets of Zurich and its airport in the "Teddy-Summer" project.

The controversial model had been allocated a place near Zurich's Paradeplatz, home to Switzerland's top banks such as Credit Suisse and UBS, before Seeberger-Quin spotted the final design and decided to ban it.

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.

"Two or three of the bears have been splashed with paint, and one bear -- a nice small bear wearing a little dress -- has been stolen," Seeberger-Quin said.

Tala4u2 54M  
2957 posts
5/24/2005 5:06 pm

How soon we forget the tale of Goldilocks These bears should be shown in their true light not as cute cuddly childrens toys. Their favorite snack is a toddler.

Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
5/24/2005 6:03 pm

lol Tala, At this point in time, I say snack away!


hourglasses 47F

5/25/2005 4:57 am

It looks like that teddie could whip all of my stuffed zebras into submission

FrndsWBenefits 53M/52F
56 posts
5/26/2005 6:31 am

Sheesh. I say keep the bear. And in Zurich, besides - with that 'sanitized' reaction one would have thought is was in the U.S.

What's with going with teddy bears, anyway? The Cow Parade, in Chicago (and similar exhibits featuring other fiberglass livestock elsewhere in the world) about 7-ish years ago, was very fun and well received. There were cows everywhere, including on Soldier Field (well, before they recently ruined it with reconstruction), and several in front of the Wrigley Building representing gum flavors. I thought that was very fun, without the 'cute' the teddy bear implies.

Eek, I say. As well: Keep the bear.

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