"Okay why does the whole audience have claws but Shaggy doesn't as Sebastian?" another person tweeted. "Lol I really want answers."
More criticism flooded in for the show's puppet version of Flounder -- instantly memed as a shabby take on his friendly animated counterpart -- and for one unfortunately sour note from Cravalho during a reprise of "Part of Your World."
The mounting internet backlash eventually prompted a defensive response from ABC executive Robert Mills, who clarified, "for those wondering," that "Shaggy wore crab claws in early rehearsals and it looked ridiculous."
He added in another tweet that he didn't care what anyone else thought about the "best ever" show.
"The Little Mermaid Live!" can be seen on ABC.com with a cable account.
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