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Things with Melissa Barrera in Hollywood are still going strong, so much so that her agency thought about stopping working with her. Here’s the reason.
Recently, Things with Melissa Barrera have become quite complicated. Even though she continues to rock it in Hollywood and has projects like Abigail (along with Giancarlo Esposito and the late Angus Cloud), still has fights in the film industry. And the clear example is what happened between her and her artistic representation agency..
In November 2023 we told you that Spyglass Media, the producer of screamfired the Mexican actress for several posts she published on social networks about the conflict in the Middle East, with a stance in favor of Palestine. In his comments, Melissa accused Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing,” and of distorting “the Holocaust to boost” its arms industry.
Melissa Barrera gave her opinion on the conflict between Israel and Hamas (and she was fired from ‘Scream’)
At the time, Spyglass mentioned that they cut the contract they had with Melissa Barrera because they have “Zero tolerance for anti-Semitism or hate speech in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, distortion of the Holocaust or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech.”. Yes, that was his reason for
The thing didn’t stop there, well Melissa did not remain silent.. After his dismissal from the seventh installment of screamdeclared on his Instagram account that condemned anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, but also hatred and prejudice of any kind against any group of people. In short, he made it clear that he had no regrets at all (you can check his full statements here).
Although his comments have upset many in Hollywood and other sectors in the United States, Melissa Barrera continued to give her opinion on the conflict in the Middle East and the situation between Israel and Hamas. The perfect example is that during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Mexican actress said the controversial phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” during a protest with 100 activists.
Things got out of hand when the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee took this as an anti-Semitic slogan and see it as a threat to Israel’s continued existence as a Jewish state. The WME and Sugar23 (the agencies that represent Barrera in Hollywood) was aware of her tendency to make inflammatory comments, but they continued to represent the actress even when clients and staff at the companies complained..
The support of the Mexican actress to agencies accused of supporting Hamas
However, the situation escalated to such a degree that, according to Variety, The agencies considered the idea of ending their contract with Melissa Barrera. It turns out that the former protagonist of scream, posted a link in his Instagram bio directing his followers to donate money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help “all the martyrs of Gaza and the West Bank.”
And what does it mean? Well, once again, The statement was considered particularly inflammatory given that Barrera posted the link a day after President Joe Biden’s administration and several countries suspended aid to the organization. following several accusations that They link 12 employees of the company directly participated in the October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel, including two who participated in kidnappings.
To give you an idea of how serious Melissa Barrera’s invitation was, are blaming ten percent of the agency’s staff in Gaza for allegedly having ties to Hamas and another Islamist militant group which the United States has named as a terrorist organization. On January 28, the neighboring country announced its decision to freeze all the group’s money and since then, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Japan, Austria and Romania have joined.
Given all this, Barrera did not remain with his arms crossed, as he said the following on his Instagram account: “I guess it always depends on the people. I did a fundraiser with UNRWA. Donate what you can and share so it can be returned to you tenfold.” However, It seems that Melissa is aware of the stir that her posts caused, since on the 31st she wrote in the same medium that: “Apparently some people are angry that I’m sharing this fundraiser.” She did not respond to a request for comment.”