Who Is Melissa Barrera? Meet the Actress Who Was Fired From ‘Scream 7’


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Melissa Barrera is a talented star in Hollywood. After starring in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed film In The Heights, the 33-year-old joined the Scream franchise for Scream 5 in 2022. Melissa returned for Scream 6 but was fired from the upcoming sequel, Scream 7, for her social media posts about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

So, who is Melissa Barrera? Here is everything you need to know about the actress and the Scream 7 controversy.

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Melissa was the lead role in the fifth Scream movie in 2022. She joined Jenna OrtegaJack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy BrownMason Gooding and more as new additions to the franchise,  starring with returning cast members Courteney Cox, David ArquetteNeve Campbell, and others. Melissa played Sam Carpenter and reprised the role for Scream 6, which came out March 2023.

Melissa was set to return for the upcoming seventh Scream movie until she made posts about the Israel-Hamas conflict that got her fired from the film on November 21. One of Melissa’s Instagram Stories included a message that read, “Gaza is currently being treated like a concentration camp. Cornering everyone together, with no where to go, no electricity no water … People have learnt nothing from our histories. And just like our histories, people are still silently watching it all happen. THIS IS GENOCIDE & ETHNIC CLEANSING,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Spyglass — the company behind the film — released a statement to Variety explaining their decision to cut ties with Melissa. “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,” a Spyglass spokesperson said.

Upon seeing extensive support from fans, Melissa spoke with Entertainment Tonight in April 2024 about how “incredible” it was to see positivity.

“It was so unexpected,” she said about the fans’ response. “For some reason, I did not expect to get so much support and to feel like an army behind [me]. And it was so beautiful. I’ve gotten the chance to go to conventions since and actually meet the fans and continue to hear from them, the support and that they’re with me and that they have my back. It’s just so special.”

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Melissa Barrera is a talented star in Hollywood. After starring in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed film In The Heights, the 33-year-old joined the Scream franchise for Scream 5 in 2022. Melissa returned for Scream 6 but was fired from the upcoming sequel, Scream 7, for her social media posts about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

So, who is Melissa Barrera? Here is everything you need to know about the actress and the Scream 7 controversy.

Melissa was the lead role in the fifth Scream movie in 2022. She joined Jenna OrtegaJack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy BrownMason Gooding and more as new additions to the franchise,  starring with returning cast members Courteney Cox, David ArquetteNeve Campbell, and others. Melissa played Sam Carpenter and reprised the role for Scream 6, which came out March 2023.

Melissa was set to return for the upcoming seventh Scream movie until she made posts about the Israel-Hamas conflict that got her fired from the film on November 21. One of Melissa’s Instagram Stories included a message that read, “Gaza is currently being treated like a concentration camp. Cornering everyone together, with no where to go, no electricity no water … People have learnt nothing from our histories. And just like our histories, people are still silently watching it all happen. THIS IS GENOCIDE & ETHNIC CLEANSING,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Spyglass — the company behind the film — released a statement to Variety explaining their decision to cut ties with Melissa. “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,” a Spyglass spokesperson said.

Upon seeing extensive support from fans, Melissa spoke with Entertainment Tonight in April 2024 about how “incredible” it was to see positivity.

“It was so unexpected,” she said about the fans’ response. “For some reason, I did not expect to get so much support and to feel like an army behind [me]. And it was so beautiful. I’ve gotten the chance to go to conventions since and actually meet the fans and continue to hear from them, the support and that they’re with me and that they have my back. It’s just so special.”

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