Dear Gannett paper: Some of us don’t want to watch a teen biting off a hamster’s head

“Worst newspaper auto-play video of all time?” asks a Romenesko reader who requests anonymity. “I think you share my disdain for auto-play videos of all sorts…[I do] but this one [on the Clarion-Ledger website] has got to take the cake.

“Want to read a very sensible statement from the parents of a kid who was caught on video biting the head off a live hamster in some sort of drunken spring break stunt? OK… but you’ve got to watch him do it first!” [Actually, the video plays while you’re reading the letter.]

* Text of family statement on hamster video incident (
* Earlier (with auto-play video): Teen who bit off head of hamster withdrawn from Ole Miss (