SCREAM Star Melissa Barrera Under Fire Again For Sharing Controversial Social Media Posts

SCREAM Star Melissa Barrera Under Fire Again For Sharing Controversial Social Media Posts SCREAM Star Melissa Barrera Under Fire Again For Sharing Controversial Social Media Posts

Melissa Barrera was fired from the next Scream movie for sharing what the studio described as "antisemitic rhetoric," and the actress has come under first yet again for her latest posts...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 04, 2024 08:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Scream
Source: Via FearHQ

Melissa Barrera, who played original Ghostface Billy Loomis' daughter in the last two Scream movies, was dropped from the upcoming seventh instalment in the long-running slasher franchise last year after a series of social media posts that were deemed "antisemitic" by the studio.

The actress was set to reprise her co-lead role as Sam Carpenter, but was reportedly fired outright for sharing these "incendiary" comments, with Spyglass Entertainment releasing a statement explaining why they decided to take action shortly after the news broke.

“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.”

Barrera vowed to continue to "raise awareness about issues I care about and to lend my voice to those in need," and has done just that on her social media accounts - but it may end up costing her in the long run.

The actress shared a link in her Instagram bio that directed her followers to donate money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to benefit “all the martyrs in Gaza and the West Bank.”

The post gained a lot of attention, in large part due to the fact that Barrera shared the link one day after the Biden administration and several other countries halted aid to the organization in the wake of recent allegations that 12 UNRWA staffers directly participated in the Oct. 7 terror attacks in Israel, including two who took part in kidnappings.

According to Variety, Barrera's representatives, WME and Sugar23, were "poised to drop her as a client" before backtracking, but one source believes that this new post may have been the “final straw," and several insiders feel this could potentially prove to be very damaging to her career.

“Before, WME could hide in the fuzziness and ambiguity of ‘from the river, to the sea’ and the implications of the amateur-hour collegiate activist messaging. But this is blatant terror support,” one unnamed source said.

Barrera seems to be aware of the attention her posts have received, as she recently wrote on Instagram: “Apparently some people are mad that I’m sharing this fundraiser.”

Wherever you may happen to stand on the Israel/Gaza situation, it has clearly become a very touchy subject in Hollywood, so don't be surprised if we begin to see more notable names either speaking up (potentially at the cost of their careers), or choosing to stop weighing in altogether.

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CAPTAINPINKEYE - 2/4/2024, 8:04 AM
Can’t bite the hand that feeds.
Ginley - 2/4/2024, 8:09 AM
Set the next "Scream" film in Atlanta where a "Stab" reboot is shooting, handled by two incompetent directors way out of their depth, written by a hack screenwriter whose one successful film was due to Hollywood's most controlling director, shot almost entirely on soundstages and starring a crazy person on Twitter 24/7.

But that kind of meta-commentary would hit too close to home.
Urubrodi - 2/4/2024, 8:10 AM
I guess she's trying to go for the world record in destroying one's own career in Hollywood.
Blergh - 2/4/2024, 8:19 AM
If the allegations of members of that org participating in Oct 7th are valid then the timing of her post is indeed problematic.

I agree that Palestinians deserve to live and this ceasefire needs to be enacted but blindly supporting Hamas is not the way to go.
Blergh - 2/4/2024, 8:24 AM
"We have to choose to share this land or to share the graveyard over us" is one of the most intense lines I've heard in this war and it's the only way out IMO.

Either crawl to a peace, no matter how little both sides want it or expect the bloodshed to never end.
Israel won't deport all of Palestine, Hamas won't deport all of Israel. Find a way to talk and co-exist. It's the only to way to assure your continued existence.
McMurdo - 2/4/2024, 11:57 AM
@Blergh - she knows what she's doing. It's very intentional.
EgoEgor - 2/4/2024, 12:19 PM
@Blergh - 12 out of 13,000 members are accused. Should that be enough to condemn a whole organization who is a massive humanitarian support for a population suffering a massive humanitarian crisis? Especially at the time of the ICJ ruling asking ICJ members and Israel to ensure aid gets into Gaza? What's problematic is people politicizing the lives of innocent people dying. Its insane times right now.
BigPhilbowski - 2/4/2024, 2:34 PM
@Blergh - "Israel won't deport all of Palestine"

Yeah obviously they won't because that's not their plan. They want to slaughter every single one of, just like they've wanted to do for the last 7 decades
clintthahamster - 2/4/2024, 4:30 PM
@Blergh - Supporting the UNRWA is not supporting Hamas, though.
HammerLegFoot - 2/4/2024, 8:30 AM
I gotta watch Scream cause how tf does Billy Loomis have a daughter?!
Arthorious - 2/4/2024, 8:52 AM
@HammerLegFoot - I guess he like haunts her or guides or something
Nolanite - 2/4/2024, 11:03 AM
@HammerLegFoot - he allegedly lost his virginity while he was in high school.
Cheated on Neve's mother with some other broad.
RIP to her life.
Nolanite out
HashTagSwagg - 2/4/2024, 1:58 PM
@HammerLegFoot - Lazy writing basically. He's basically a force ghost.
SonOfAGif - 2/4/2024, 8:35 AM
What's interesting about society in general is how the message of someone's actions no longer matter if someone that's involved is "corrupt". She wants to raise money for innocent refugees caught in the crossfire and while the organization may be a front (she may not have known this at the time), People are already crucifying her because the media said so. She said if herself, She was trying to start a fundraiser and nobody cares about her stance to help innocent people. Humanity is doomed to fall before it's Pride, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, and Greed.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 8:42 AM
@SonOfAGif - 7 members out of thousands, intelligence directly from the occupiers committing the genocide. It's absolutely not a credible reason to dismantle an organization, which is not "a front".
regularmovieguy - 2/4/2024, 8:43 AM

TBF two of the staffers were directly involved in the kidnappings and 10% of the Gaza staff have ties to Hamas. Not a group you’d want to throw your weight behind. And the US was donating to the group until these facts came out.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 8:45 AM
@regularmovieguy - Yeah, and where's the intelligence to confirm those allegations? We're all still waiting, as Israel has openly admitted they need to dismantle UNRWA to complete its ethnic cleansing.
SonOfAGif - 2/4/2024, 8:49 AM
@regularmovieguy - I don't know much about the organization and it's membership, But what I am saying is that rather than people guide her and educate her to a more noble and credible organization they instantly label her names such as terrorist and what not. Rather than see her actions for what it was (to help innocent people) they want to destroy her career.
regularmovieguy - 2/4/2024, 8:52 AM

“Yeah, and where's the intelligence to confirm those allegations?”

Didn’t take long to find.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 8:55 AM
@regularmovieguy - "says Israel", "says Iraeli spokesperson".

These are the same people that lied to CNN about a tunnel being under a graveyard, a calender, war crimes, and many other offical narratives that were dismantled.

Show me an article with proof.
regularmovieguy - 2/4/2024, 9:00 AM

The UNWRA found the allegations credible enough to sack the employees. Sounds like they don’t want to be associated with terrorists who planned the kidnappings and were directly involved with the attacks.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 9:05 AM
@regularmovieguy - Do you think that argument helps your narrative? You don't dismantle an organization because a handful of people are bad. Otherwise, every government and humanitarian organization would be dismantled, as corruption and mishandling of funds has occured everywhere.

That, and most of the people who work for UNWRA are palestinians. Do you not think being brutally occupied by Israel might shape your world view and create resentment, specially when your job is to combat the literal effects of Israel occupying two territories whether by illegal settlers, control of resources and movement, or just plane kidnapping and murder.

Countless intel from Israel has been proven false. Think outside of what the state sponsored mainstream news is presenting you.
regularmovieguy - 2/4/2024, 9:18 AM

There’s propaganda on both sides, Slappydoodle. Never said there wasn’t. But let me remind you of the horror that started this in the first place. Some of the videos I’d seen from October 7th will be engrained into my head for a long time.

There are plenty of other organizations you can donate to for relief. Not sure I’d want to send money to an organization that helped plan the October 7th attacks.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 9:26 AM
@regularmovieguy - And let remind you of the horrors that have occurred since 1947 after the UN resolution sought to give a minority of the population the majority of the land. Let me remind you of the illegal settlers in the west bank, which is against intertional laws. let me remind you of the kidnapping and torture many innocent palestinians have endured throughout the decades.

I don't take my information from Hamas. I listen to scholars of war and the conflict. I listen to independent journalists and human rights organizations.

Israel has continuously intiated conflict in the region but they are a stronghold for western interests because they are located in an advantageous location.

When I saw the Hamas videos, I was just as heartbroken for their deaths and suffering but this didn't start with Oct 7th.
regularmovieguy - 2/4/2024, 9:32 AM

I’m well aware of the history between Israel and Palestine.

I just don’t know if I’d donate or ask people to donate to Saudi Arabia after 9/11.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 9:37 AM
@regularmovieguy - And yet, governments are still donating to Israel despite the ICJ saying they're plausibly committing genocide. And I understand your point about Saudi Arabia but it's ironic you bring it up because we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deklipz - 2/4/2024, 10:14 AM
@Slappydoodle - There are PLENTY of organizations to throw money at that will actually help people and anyone who works with this group that is legitimately helping will be able to help through other organizations. You clearly have no understanding how the world works outside of your ignorant and misinformed viewpoint.
Slappydoodle - 2/4/2024, 10:22 AM
@Deklipz - Do you have an actual point or real rebuttal to what I've said? ... or just ad hominiens? Still waiting on the actual evidence.
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