Melissa Barrera is out of her starring role in the “Scream” franchise, and the production company that fired her says it’s due to her social media posts, which it deems hateful and anti-Semitic.
The actress was set to reprise her role in ‘Scream VII’ after starring in ‘Scream’ and ‘Scream VI’… but she has reportedly been fired over reports about Israel and Palestine.
Melissa’s more controversial statements include an Instagram story in which she seemingly alludes to a long-standing narrative about Jewish people controlling the media.
She wrote… “I have been actively looking for videos and information about the Palestinian side for the past two weeks, following accounts etc. Why? Because the western media only shows the other side. Why they do that I will leave knowing that you distract yourself.”
In other posts, Melissa reportedly compared Gaza to a concentration camp, calling the war in the Middle East “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing”… and calling Israel a “colonized” country.
Variety was the first to report on Melissa’s firing… and she seemed to respond to it on Tuesday with a post stating that she would rather be excluded because of who she includes than included because of who she excludes.
Christopher Landonwho will direct ‘Scream VII’, responded on social media saying… “Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This wasn’t my decision.”
Spyglass Media Group, the production company that made the decision, says this happened because… “We have no tolerance for anti-Semitism or incitement to hatred in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, distortion of the Holocaust or anything that blatantly crosses the line into hate speech.”
Melissa plays Sam Carpenter in “Scream” and “Scream VI”… but now some big changes are in store for “Scream VII.”
Other actresses are taking hits for statements about the war – as we reported: Susan Sarandon used to be dropped from her Hollywood talent agency for a controversial speech at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York.
Sarandon said Jewish people in America who have been living in fear of anti-Semitism since the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7 have learned what it feels like to be Muslim in America.