After Melissa Barrera posted criticism of Israel’s actions in the Gaza conflict on social media, Spyglass Entertainment decided to remove her from the film Scream 7.
The production company, Spyglass, declared that hate speech and false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, or Holocaust distortion were unacceptable and called the posts antisemitic.
Famous for her parts in the most recent Scream films, Barrera criticised Israel in her posts for “genocide and ethnic cleansing.
She released a statement in response to her dismissal, denouncing Islamophobia and antisemitism and emphasising that criticism ought to be levelled at institutions of government rather than at whole communities.
Barrera’s removal from Scream 7, which is currently being produced by Christopher Landon, has caused controversy. Removing a post, Landon voiced his displeasure, saying,
‘This was not my decision to make.’ The date of the film’s release is still pending.
In response, Barrera posted an Instagram story in which she denounced bigotry and hatred and defended her right to use her platform to spread awareness.
Spyglass clarified that her posts were interpreted as antisemitic, not because she supported the Palestinian cause, which is why she was fired.