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Hollywod actress Melissa Barrera fired from Scream 7 over pro-Palestine posts

Production company says it had zero tolerance for antisemitism
Melissa Barrera - Instagram @melissabarreram
Melissa Barrera - Instagram @melissabarreram

Mexican actress Melissa Barrera has been fired from the upcoming Scream movie sequel after the production company alleged that her recent social media posts supporting Palestinians were anti-Semitic, BBC reported.

Barrera has actively been posting about the Israel-Gaza conflict, while she also reshared one post that accused Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

The production company Spyglass said it had “zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form”.

The actress has not yet commented on the matter since she was dropped from the series.

However, before her departure was announced, she reshared a quote from another account on her Instagram story which read: “At the end of the day, I’d rather be excluded for who I include, than be included for who I exclude.”

Barrera has been playing the leading role in the previous two Scream movies and has also played a role in the recent screen version of Carmen and the 2021 adaptation of the stage musical In The Heights.

Among the posts shared on social media, one post highlighted distorting the Holocaust to boost the Israeli arms industry and another said Gaza was currently being treated like a concentration camp.

In a statement released to Variety, a spokesman for Scream 7 production company Spyglass said its stance was “unequivocally clear”.

“We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech,” the company said.

Christopher Landon, expected to be the director of Scream 7, has also referred to the situation on social media after the actress was sacked.

In a since-deleted post on X, he said: “Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make.”

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