The ‘Scream’ franchise has let Melissa Barrera go from her lead role, and the production company cites her hate-inciting and antisemitic social media remarks as the reason behind her termination.
After starring in “Scream” and “Scream VI,” the actress was scheduled to play the lead in “Scream VII” as well. However, it has been alleged that her posts against Israel and Palestine have caused her to lose her job.
One of Melissa’s more contentious remarks was in her Instagram story, where she appeared to be referencing the old joke about Jews owning the media.
For the past two weeks or so, she added, “I have been actively looking for videos and information about the Palestinian side, following accounts, etc.” Why? because the other side is all that is seen by Western media. I’ll let you figure out why they do that on your own.
Melissa is said to have called the Middle East war “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” in previous articles, comparing Gaza to a concentration camp and referring to Israel as a “colonised” territory.
Melissa appeared to be responding to her firing on Tuesday, saying in a post that she would prefer to be excluded for who she includes than included for who she excludes. Variety was the first to report on Melissa’s termination.
The director of “Scream VII,” Christopher Landon, responded on social media, writing, “Everything sucks.” Put an end to your shouting. I did not made the decision to do this.”
The production company that made the decision, Spyglass Media Group, says it did so because it “has zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form,” which includes lies about the Holocaust, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other topics that blatantly cross the line into hate speech.
Melissa plays Sam Carpenter in the films “Scream” and “Scream VI,” but “Scream VII” is about to undergo some significant alterations.
Other actors are facing backlash for their views on the war; as we previously reported, Susan Sarandon’s Hollywood talent agency fired her after she gave a contentious speech at a pro-Palestine demonstration in New York City.
According to Sarandon, American Jews who have been living in fear of antisemitism since the terror assaults by Hamas on October 7 are learning what it’s like to be Muslims in this country.