Piranha 3-D's bloody wet T-shirt footage 'too graphic' for Comic-Con

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

We knew that Comic-Con had a line that shouldn't be crossed, but what with all that slave Leia skin (and putrid zombie rotting flesh) on display, we never knew exactly where that line was drawn. Now we know. There's to be no R-rated footage of wet T-shirt contests that turn into bloodbaths. Got that?

Director Alexandre Aja had hoped to bring clips of Piranha 3-D to San Diego, but was told that the scenes he'd planned to screen were too graphic. He was given the choice of either snipping the video to PG-13 level or holding his planned panel discussion without letting the audience see any of it.

But Aja found a third way—skipping the Comic-Con facilities completely. He'll instead make his presentation, explicit footage and all, at the UA Horton Plaza, a theater near the San Diego Convention Center, at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

"It doesn't make sense to go to an event like Comic-Con and not show what the movie is," Aja told the NY Times. "It's frustrating because I was so excited to show this at Comic-Con—I made the movie for that crowd."

We're pretty sure Piranha 3-D won't be hurt by the press—after all, there's no such thing as bad publicity, right? But who do you think is in the right here? San Diego Comic-Con or Aja?