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Jenna Ortega Exits Scream Movie After Co-Star Melissa Barrera Gets Fired Over Controversial Post
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Jenna Ortega Exits Scream Movie After Co-Star Melissa Barrera Gets Fired Over Controversial Post

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The Scream franchise’s actors are dropping like flies; not because Ghostface is wiping them out one by one, but because of a seemingly politically and contractually fuelled clash with the studio.

On Wednesday (November 22) Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Jenna Ortega, would not be reprising her leading role of Tara Carpenter for Scream VII.

The bombshell news follows unexpected updates of her costar and onscreen sister, Melissa Barrera, being fired because of her Instagram posts, where she called out media bias over the geopolitical situation in Gaza, Palestine, as per Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Jenna Ortega just dropped out of the Scream franchise, as a result of filming schedule conflicts

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Despite Deadline reporting that Jenna’s exit from the franchise was unrelated to Melissa’s termination, rumors online have circulated since last night, with many suggesting that the 21-year-old actress had asked to be let go from her contract in support of Melissa.

Subsequently, Jenna will not star in the next Scream, which reportedly still needs a finalized script.

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The official reasoning behind the actress’ unexpected departure from the franchise implies her busy filming schedule on the second season of Netflix’s Wednesday and wrapping up filming for Beetlejuice 2, People reported.

Jenna is reportedly busy with Netflix’s upcoming second season on Wednesday and wrapping up filming for Beetlejuice 2

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Spyglass, the studio behind Scream VII, said in a statement that its position was “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.”

Melissa, who has been outspoken about her Mexican heritage and the history of her country’s colonization, has been critical of the current Israel-Hamas conflict, often posting stories on her Instagram page highlighting the thousands of deaths in Gaza, as recorded by the United Nations.

Her outspokenness has earned her online praise, as she recently reportedly posted a Palestinian flag and her native country Mexico with the caption: “I too come from a colonized country” / “Palestine WILL be free” while quoting a famous line from Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos: “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

People believe Jenna exited the franchise to support costar Melissa Barrera, who was fired over her comments about the current geopolitical conflict in the Middle East

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In the statement that prompted her firing, the 33-year-old actress posted on her Instagram story: “I have been actively looking for videos and information about the Palestinian side for the last 2 weeks or so, following accounts etc.

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“Why? Because western media only shows the other side. 

“Why they do that, I will let you deduce for yourself. 

“Usually the algorithm on social media gets the gist.

“Well… My discover page on IG will ONLY show me videos showing and talking about the Israeli side. 

“Censorship is very real. 

“Palestinians know this, they know the world has been trying to make them invisible for decades. Keep sharing.”

“I too come from a colonized country” / “Palestine WILL be free,” Melissa previously wrote

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Christopher Landon, Scream 7’s director, has since issued a statement about Melissa’s sacking on X (formerly known as Twitter): “Everything sucks. Stop yelling. 

“This was not my decision to make.”

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Jenna and Melissa’s characters Samantha and Tara were Scream’s new leads.

The franchise’s original star, Neve Campbell, did not appear in this year’s Scream VI as a result of a dispute over her contract.

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Back in June of 2022, Neve announced her decision not to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in Scream VI because she felt “the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise,” Variety reported.

According to People, Scream VI, released in March, scored the franchise’s biggest opening weekend at the box office, becoming the series’ first entry to cross the $100 million mark domestically since 1997’s Scream 2.

Many Scream fans praised Jenna’s alleged political integrity

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Melissa Barrera is right, Jenna shows great integrity; genocide is genocide but you can't say Israel commits genocide and does acts of terror because Israel is protected by US (and will ever be) while saying Hamas commits it is OK because they attack US friends and are friends with US' enemies

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted either. People are really ignorant around here

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People should be allowed to have opinions without it automatically tanking their careers. The whole "fire everyone immediately for any controversy" thing is getting pretty old. So glad I'm not famous.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

78 years if land theft and ethnic cleansing by zionazis needs to end.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted, this is literally a fact.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Melissa Barrera is right, Jenna shows great integrity; genocide is genocide but you can't say Israel commits genocide and does acts of terror because Israel is protected by US (and will ever be) while saying Hamas commits it is OK because they attack US friends and are friends with US' enemies

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted either. People are really ignorant around here

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People should be allowed to have opinions without it automatically tanking their careers. The whole "fire everyone immediately for any controversy" thing is getting pretty old. So glad I'm not famous.

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Pyla
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

78 years if land theft and ethnic cleansing by zionazis needs to end.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted, this is literally a fact.

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