Melissa Barrera Fired From Scream VII Following Israel-Hamas Social Media Posts; Director & Spyglass Media Respond


Summary

  • Melissa Barrera, who played Sam Carpenter in Scream and Scream VI, has been dropped from the franchise after sharing social media posts linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
  • This firing comes after veteran actress Susan Sarandon was dropped by her talent agency for controversial comments at a pro-Palestine rally.
  • Scream VII is also undergoing changes, with a new director, Christopher Landon, taking over and the loss of longtime star Neve Campbell.


Scream VII has hit a major stumbling block. Melissa Barrera, who played Sam Carpenter in both 2022’s Scream and this year’s Scream VI, has been dropped from the franchise after posting a series of social media posts linked to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Spyglass released a statement to Variety confirming that the actress’ posts had “crossed a line.” They said:

“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 actress’s comments centering on the war have been shared by many accounts on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram, one example of which can be seen below. According to sources, the posts, which have been perceived as anti-Semitic, were the reason for her firing from the sequel.

Soon after the news broke, Scream VII director Christopher Landon shared a simple response on his X account, noting that the decision of Barrera’s firing was not made by him.

The reports of Barrera’s firing come just days after veteran actress Susan Sarandon was dropped by her talent agency UTA after making controversial comments at a pro-Palestine rally. Sarandon was reported to have said, “There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.”

Related: Melissa Barrera Believes the Scream Movies Will Keep Coming Until Fans No Longer Want Them


Scream VII is Seeing a Number of Changes

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At the time Scream VI was released, with its controversies over the loss of long-time star Neve Campbell, there was no certainly that another movie would follow. However, the film’s new setting of New York was enough to elevate the sequel and deliver a box office that set in motion plans for another Ghostface killing spree.

While at the time it seemed obvious that Barrera and on-screen sister Jenna Ortega would both be returning, along with Courteney Cox, the new movie was revealed to be getting a change of director. Happy Death Day helmer Christopher Landon will be the successor to Radio Silence, and will have the job of delivering yet another worthy successor to the legacy of Wes Craven’s genre-reviving original.

Although Barrera is out of the franchise now, there has been no word about the other projects the young actress is currently involved in. Having come to Hollywood’s attention as part of the cast of In the Heights in 2021, her appearances in the Scream franchise set her on a successful path, which led to more big productions. Currently, Barrera is part of the cast in the new Universal Monsters movie from Radio Silence, which also stars Alisha Weir, Dan Stevens and Kathryn Newton, as well as the comedy-horror movie Your Monster, and another horror movie, The One, with Nicholas Hoult.



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