Susan Sarandon, Melissa Barrera dropped from Hollywood companies after comments on Israel-Hamas war

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Oscar-winning actor Susan Sarandon and Scream star Melissa Barrera were each dropped by Hollywood companies after making comments on the Israel-Hamas war that some deemed antisemitic.

Spyglass Media Group, the production company behind the upcoming Scream VII, acknowledged Barrera’s exit from the horror franchise. The Mexican-born actress, who starred in In The Heights and the two recent Scream movies, had posted statements on her Instagram stories calling the war “genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

“Gaza,” she wrote, “is currently being treated like a concentration camp.”

“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,” Spyglass said in a statement.

Representatives for Barrera didn’t return messages on Wednesday (Nov 22).

A spokesman for the United Talent Agency (UTA) said Sarandon, the five-time Oscar nominee, is no longer represented by the agency. Sarandon’s exit from UTA followed comments she’s made about Israel, most recently in an appearance on Nov 17 at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York.

“There are a lot of people afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence,” Sarandon said, according to the New York Post.

The Post reported that Sarandon joined the crowd in chanting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – a slogan seen as antisemitic because it suggests the eradication of Israel.

Sarandon could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

At the rally, Sarandon also was quoted as saying: “There’s a terrible thing that’s happened where antisemitism has been confused with speaking up against Israel. I am against antisemitism. I am against Islamophobia.”

The Israel-Hamas war has caused rifts throughout Hollywood. Earlier, when many groups were issuing statements condemning Hamas’ Oct 7 attack on Israel, the Writers Guild of America ultimately didn’t after failing to come to an agreement. Maha Dakhil, a prominent agent with Creative Arts Agency, resigned from her board seat last month after sharing a social media post accusing Israel of genocide.

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