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Melissa Barrera Fired from ‘Scream 7’ for Pro-Palestinian Posts

November 22, 2023

Melissa Barrera, the leading actress in the iconic ‘Scream’ franchise, will not be returning for the highly anticipated seventh installment after being fired for pro-Palestinian social media posts.

In an exclusive, Variety Magazine reported that a spokesperson from Spyglass Media Group asserted that Barrera’s posts were interpreted as “antisemitic,” prompting their decision to fire her. 

In a statement, Spyglass Media Group seemed to indicate that Barrera was fired for stating that Palestinians were facing genocide. “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,” read the statement.

Over the past few weeks, Barrera, known for her leading role in the fifth and sixth instalment of the ‘Scream’ franchise, had been sharing content raising awareness of Israel’s attacks on Palestinians in Gaza.

Barrera, who led the cast in the fifth and sixth ‘Scream’ movies, has yet to make an official statement about her departure. Following news of her departure, Barrera shared an Instagram post with the quote “At the end of the day, I’d rather be excluded for who I include, than be included for who I exclude.” The Instagram Story is being interpreted by followers as a subtle reference to her dismissal.

Barrera’s exit has left fans disheartened, with Christopher Landon, slated to direct ‘Scream 7,’ expressing his dismay on social media. Landon’s now-deleted post on X/Twitter read, “Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make.”

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