I don’t how many people watching hope he falls but I believe 100% of people watching watch because he runs a good risk of being killed. If not, why watch? Would anyone watch a man tightrope walk 12” above the ground? Of course not. So, why then do they watch a spectacle like this? To hope he survives? Rubbish. They know that their good hope does nothing for him and the anxiety people feel watching is the thrill of vicarious fear that sells the event. Voyuerism pure and simple. Personally, I find it very close to pornography in that death (the ultimate private act) is remanufactured as entertainment for those that have depraved needs.
I agree. From a religious standpoint, to risk your live so foolishly for absolutely no reason, is immoral. I didn’t watch it.