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Melissa Barrera responds after being fired from Scream franchise

Gerrard Kaonga

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Melissa Barrera responds after being fired from Scream franchise

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Melissa Barrera has appeared to respond to the news that she was fired from the Scream franchise for posts that were deemed anti-semetic.

The 33-year-old actress has been very outspoken on her views regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza between Hamas and Israel.

Barrera has been one of the big names leading the charge in the revitalization of the Scream franchise. She has been one of the most notable stars in the franchises 2022 fifth instalment and its 2023 follow-up.

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Spyglass Media Group, the film production company behind the films, has since confirmed that Barrera has been fired from the upcoming 2024 film, Scream VII.

A spokesperson for the company spoke to Variety and issued a statement.

Barrera has been one of the big names leading the charge in the revitalization of the Scream franchise.Credit: Paramount Pictures
Barrera has been one of the big names leading the charge in the revitalization of the Scream franchise.Credit: Paramount Pictures

“Spyglass’ stance is 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,” they said.

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Barrera has seemingly responded to the reports of her termination in a now deleted Instagram post.

In the post she shared an image of a message on a wall that read: “At the end of the day, I'd rather be excluded for who I include, than be included for who I exclude.”

Social media users on X, formerly known as Twitter, have continued to support her and praised her by standing by her convictions.

One of her initial posts about the conflict also resulted in her receiving multiple bouts of praise on the platform as she posted a Palestinian flag and her native country Mexico with the caption: "I too come from a colonized country" / "Palestine WILL be free".

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She went on to quote a famous line from Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos: "they tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds".

Barrera has seemingly responded to the reports of her termination in a now deleted Instagram postCredit: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images
Barrera has seemingly responded to the reports of her termination in a now deleted Instagram postCredit: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images

In another post, Barrera complained that she was unable to find clear information from the Palestinian perspective.

"I have been actively looking for videos and information about the Palestinian side for the last 2 weeks or so, following accounts etc,” she wrote.

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“Why? Because western media only shows the other side. Why they do that, I will let you deduce for yourself. Usually the algorithm on social media gets the gist.

“Well... My discover page on IG will ONLY show me videos showing and talking about the Israeli side. Censorship is very real. Palestinians know this, they know the world has been trying to make them invisible for decades. Keep sharing."

UNILAD has contacted Paramount Pictures and Melissa Barrera’s representatives for comment.

Topics: Film & TV, Celebrity, Film and TV, Entertainment, World News, Social Media, Twitter

Gerrard Kaonga
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