Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday hit at Rick Perry for airing an anti-gay ad in early caucus state Iowa.

In the ad titled Strong and released on Monday, Perry says there is something wrong with America when gay troops can serve openly in the military but children cannot openly celebrate Christmas and accuses President Barack Obama of waging a war on religion.

“You know, I'd like him to take a look at the statistics about children who kill themselves because they're gay and they're bullied,” O'Donnell, who is openly gay, said on cabler HLN's The Joy Behar Show. “The bullying starts right there with presidential candidates. It's wrong, it's sinful and it's destroying the nation. It really is. Gay people are part of the fabric of America; they've been part of every country and every animal species and kingdom. People have to wake up and get with the program. This is not the 1950s. So Rick Perry, shame on you.”

Behar added: “Shame on him. Shame on Michele Bachmann and that ludicrous notion of pray the gay away.”

Parodies of the ad have overtaken the Internet.