The real story here is not that certain people are suffering depression-like after affects from James Cameron’s Avatar, although that certainly raises a giant red wtf flag into the air, it’s that CNN just about whole sale ripped off the story without attribution from a Cynical-C post six days ago.
But, yes, you read that correctly: people are suffering depression from seeing Avatar.
On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
“I wasn’t depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ,” Baghdassarian said. “But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed.”