There is nothing new about cancel culture. The ruling elite have always sought to use their power to silence those who would disrupt the status quo. The methods and scale might be different, but not by much.
Throughout history, tyrants have sought to silence the voices of truth. Weeks after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, His disciples were preaching freedom that threatened the ruling elite of Israel. The Book of Acts notes the rulers were “greatly annoyed” and had the disciples arrested, hoping that would silence them. It didn’t.
And so the arrests turned to beatings, stonings, and, yes, more crucifixions. The ruling elite were annoyed by the message, so they attempted to silence the messengers.