Australian film maker, Kerry Negara, who produced a film on the subject, ‘A Loving Friend‘. According to Negara, who interviewed the boys, now adults, the Australian art establishment kept silent on the issue, essentially sanctioning it.
Actor, comedian, writer, Barry Humphries AO CBE (aka Edna Everage/Les Patterson) wrote the introduction to Donald Friend’s diaries, referring to his way of life as ‘benevolent pedophilia’.
Donald Friend gave the boys money to attend school, gave them work, and lodging but clearly not without ‘cost’.
If a white child of 9-12 was school fees and pocket money in exchange for sex, I doubt we’d consider the pedophile doing this ‘benevolent’.
Barry Humphries is now set to play The Goblin King in the upcoming film, The Hobbit.
According to Wikipedia:
A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous illiterate creature, described as a grotesquely evil or evil-like phantom.
I wonder if Barry Humphries’ Goblin King will be somehow ‘benevolent’ in a world of small Hobbits.
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