Melissa Barrera Loses 'Scream 7' Role After Social Media Posts on Israel-Hamas Conflict

Actress Melissa Barrera has been dropped from the upcoming horror film "Scream VII" following social media posts she made about the Israel-Hamas conflict, sources have confirmed to Deadline.

Barrera, who starred in the previous two "Scream" installments, reportedly shared a series of Instagram stories that were perceived as anti-Semitic. One post included a placard with the phrase "I too come from a colonized country" alongside the Mexican flag. It also included the statement "Palestine WILL be free" and a quote attributed to Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish: "They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds."

Spyglass Media, the production company behind "Scream VII," has not publicly commented on Barrera's dismissal. However, it is believed that the actress's social media posts played a role in her removal from the film.

Barrera's casting in "Scream VII" had not yet been officially announced, but she was reportedly set to reprise her role as Sam Carpenter, the sister of Jenna Ortega's Tara Carpenter.

The next installment in the "Scream" franchise is expected to be directed by Christopher Landon, who also helmed the previous two films. Paramount Pictures, which has distributed the last two "Scream" movies, is expected to release "Scream VII" in theaters.

Barrera's firing comes on the heels of a similar incident involving Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. Earlier this month, Sarandon was dropped by her agency, UTA, after she made controversial comments at a pro-Palestine rally in New York.
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