@Jess: Nah, he's just a Rage Whore, an offshoot of the primadonna persona. He gets off on his wee tantrums. I'm guessing that's how he deals with stress and angst. Os this the healthiest way to go about it? Hells no. However, I've had friends like that and they were all highly entertaining and profoundly loyal. Plus, seeing them freak out actually meant I didn't have too, so it did wonders for my disposition.
@Jeffko: Well, it's a matter of perspective. If you're willing to put up with this kind of shit, kudos to you and your infinite patience, but being a 'Rage Whore' (do we really need to include demeaning vocab in every single thing we come up with...) simply means somebody needs to calm the fuck down, grow up, and learn some respect for their fellow human beings.
This kind of shit is intolerable in a group that works together. If it happened in the workplace, the raging asshole would be sacked and sent to counseling, and if it was a relationship, it would be a GTFO asap situation of potential violence. In real life, people who can't control their tantrums often overlap with the group called 'abusers'.
Making excuses for them is anyone's right, but it's just evading the problem. I do not tolerate Mulligans among my friends anymore. I'm nobody's therapist and nobody's mum - we are all adults, thus capable of making the decision of behaving like adults.
I'd rather find loyal friends who also are not verbally abusive and throw childish bullshit around like this.
@Towel: How about Rageadonna, then? Rageaholic? It has a ring to it. Also, let me clarify that I once HAD friends like that, as I mentioned. Specifically, it was in my late teens/early twenties, when I suppose my patience for or amusement toward that type of behaviour was optimal. Now in my mid-thirties, I most certainly would not tolerate it.
I suppose having a guy like that around in a band/tour context generates more tolerance than it would in a work environment.
The man clearly is attached to his hat. Of course, the way he deals with this is childish and aggressive, but I've seen people get attached to sillier things and panic when they misplaced them. The man feeds on his emotions; it's what drives him, but it's not like he's losing his shit all the time. That's where he's at now and hopefully he'll grow out of it.
Like Patrick said, the man left without the keys, so maybe just being outside for a bit will calm him down. Am I making excuses for Mulligan? Perhaps. However, I believe that being a good friend also means helping others out. Maybe Mulli'll get worse and crash and burn, or maybe being around the boys and Viv will make him into a better person. We all grow based on the relationships we share with others. Also, I'm the King of Wishful Thinking.
I always say that I had an ex-boyfriend like Mulligan--but the fact of the matter even HE'S not that bad--and he had some pretty bad moments. That boy has no redeeming qualities, his hat is RIDICULOUS, he's a giant prick, and uses the C-word way too much. So yeah, he needs to get a life and grow the fuck up. I hope Vivian doesn't waste her time with him, he's not worth it.... end rant. Sorry, I can't staaaand people like that, if I had my choice of what my cameo placement was I'd say it would be kicking Mulligan in the nuts, but I don't so I hope to god someone does. :)
Maybe that hat really meant something special to him? His dead dad's hat and the last thing he's got to remember him by? And people are just making fun of him because he's lost his hat. Some people expressed sad and despair as rage...