Barrera, who is known for her roles in “In the Heights” and “Carmen,” was reportedly fired from the film after she shared posts criticizing Israel’s actions in Gaza during the recent conflict with Hamas.
In one post, Barrera shared a photo of a Palestinian child with the caption, “This is what Israel is doing to children.” In another post, she shared a video of Israeli soldiers firing on Palestinians with the caption, “I am so angry and heartbroken.”
Barrera’s posts were met with backlash from some, who accused her of antisemitism. Spyglass Media, the production company behind “Scream 7,” released a statement saying that Barrera’s posts were “antisemitic and hateful.”
“We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form,” the statement read. “We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.”
Barrera responded to her firing in an Instagram post, saying that she was “deeply disappointed” by the decision. She also said that her posts were not intended to be antisemitic.
“I have always been a strong advocate for human rights, and I believe that everyone deserves to live in peace and security,” Barrera wrote. “I am sorry if my words caused any harm or offense.”
The firing of Barrera has sparked a debate about free speech and the limits of acceptable speech. Some have argued that Barrera’s posts were protected by the First Amendment, while others have said that her posts crossed the line into antisemitism.
It remains to be seen how Barrera’s firing will affect the production of “Scream 7.” The film is scheduled to be released in March 2024.