One theory is as convincing as it is wicked: we gawk when the mighty fall because we take glee in their disgrace.
Public shaming triggers lots of great masculine plots, like disgrace and Sabbath's Theater.
The fight seemed to break up after the failed punch, and Bieber had to leave the restaurant in disgrace.
1550s, "disfigure," from Middle French disgracier (16c.), from Italian disgraziare, from disgrazia "misfortune, deformity," from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + grazia "grace" (see grace). Meaning "bring shame upon" is from 1590s. Related: Disgraced; disgracing. The noun is 1580s, from Middle French disgrace (16c.).