Didn't the real cancel culture start about a hundred years ago when communist and socialist radicals, a much needed counterweight to the capitalist radicals on the right, were destroyed by systemic propaganda and harsh blacklisting tactics that included justice system persecution at every level?
Imagine a political spectrum of capitalists on the right and communist/socialists on the left. Lop off the latter, re-calibrate the spectrum, and watch as the center moves well out to the right.
Now image the same war carried out on labor unions and any left leaning people/groups in the arts, universities, media, etc. Lop off the left, re-calibrate, and watch as the center moves to the right.
Next up was the war on liberals, who were originally (i.e. pre-propaganda) not radicals at all but center moderates that functioned as watch dogs to keep cutthroat capitalist boots off our throats. Cancel them, re-calibrate, and the center moves further to the right.
Finally what do you get? A political system so skewed out of whack that right wing Neoliberal warhawks are the leftmost group with any real power. Bill and Hillary, Joe B, Obama, Pelosi, etc. And now somehow THESE folks are labelled as dangerous lefties and people go with it because they don't know any better.
Today's lesson? The real cancel culture is always perpetrated by the right, since they are the ones with the money and power to make it work. Any type of grassroots effort coming from the other direction will be immediately muzzled by right leaning media shills like Maher, Weiss, etc.
Why stop there? Go back the the French Revolution, where the leaders tried to "cancel" so much of previous history, they tried to rename the months and start a new system for referencing years using 1789 as "year zero."
Calling Bill Maher right wing is as stupid as saying that the earth is flat.
Just in the last few weeks I've seen Maher shill for globalism, free trade, and an illegal coup in Venezuela. If anything he's developed into a run of the mill Neoliberal, which makes him well right of center.
Also, the earth is plenty flat depending on what order of magnitude you're using as frame of reference.