Actress Melissa Barrera has officially been dropped from Spyglass Media and Paramount’s upcoming slasher sequel Scream 7.
Barrera, known for the starring role of Samantha Carpenter in 2022’s Scream and its 2023 sequel, was confirmed to have been fired Tuesday November 22nd.
The reasoning behind the star’s dismissal was given as social media posts Barrera had made, and since deleted, on the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel.
Barrera’s comments have been described as both “pro-Palestine” and “antisemitic,” leading to her immediate dismissal from the project and being dropped by her agency.
Initially unresponsive when reached for comment, Scream production company Spyglass Media Group released the following statement on Barrera’s dismissal:
“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.”
The removal of the actress has led to widespread fan backlash, with a social media outpouring and the hashtag #JusticeForMelissa trending. Franchise fans have even taken to calling for a boycott of the seventh Scream instalment, should it emerge.
Barerra has since issued her own statement, not directly referencing her firing, but affirming that she will continue to use her voice for issues she is passionate about.
Filmmaker Christopher Landon, currently slated to co-write and direct Scream 7 issued, and then quickly deleted, the following tweet:
“Stop yelling! This was not my decision…”
It is currently unclear how Scream 7 will proceed without Barerra or if the project will delay its expected Spring 2024 shoot date.
We’ll be watching this closely and report any further updates as we have them.