Melissa Barrera: Actress fired from Scream 7 over Israel-Gaza post | Ents & Arts News


Actress Melissa Barrera has been dropped from the upcoming new Scream movie after allegedly sharing social media posts criticizing Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

The Mexican star was in the cast of Scream 7, but has now been fired by production company Spyglass, according to Variety magazine.

A spokesman for Spyglass said the posts were considered anti-Semitic.

They told Variety: “Spyglass’ position is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism or incitement to hatred in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion, or anything that blatantly crosses the line into hate speech.”

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The actress has regularly written on Instagram about the conflictand the magazine reported that she shared a post accusing Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

The 33-year-old has starred in the two latest films in the hit murder mystery and slasher franchise – Scream – due in 2022 – and Scream VI, which came out earlier this year. She played Sam Carpenter in both films.

(L-R) Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Courteney Cox at the world premiere of Scream VI in New York on March 6, 2023. Picture: AP
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Devyn Nekoda, Liana Liberato, Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Courteney Cox (L-R) at the world premiere of Scream VI in New York this March

Scream 7 is set to be directed by Christopher Landon, who reportedly commented on Barrera’s exit in a post on X that has since been deleted.

According to Variety, he wrote: “Everything stinks. Stop yelling. It wasn’t my decision to make.”

It is not known when the new film will be released.

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Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, 77, has also been dropped by a Hollywood company over comments about the Israel-Hamas war.

Sarandon, a political activist known for her left-wing views, was dropped by the United Talent Agency after she made remarks at a pro-Palestinian meeting in New York on Nov. 17, according to a company spokesman.

Susan Sarandon at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York on November 17.  Picture: AP
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Susan Sarandon at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York on November 17. Picture: AP

She was criticized after she said at the event that people who are “afraid to be Jewish at this time” are “getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence”.

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The American star has been nominated for Oscars five times and won the award for best actress in 1996 for her performance in Dead Man Walking.

She is also known for her roles in Thelma & Louise, The Client and Bull Durham.


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