Funnywoman Sarah Silverman says the problem of gay teen suicide is a symptom of anti-gay laws, specifically “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy that bans gay troops from serving openly, and laws that prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

The 39-year-old star of Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program appears uncharacteristically serious in the 30-second video she posted on Perez Hilton's YouTube account.

Referring to the recent rash of gay teen suicides – 4 in September alone – Silverman said America should stop acting surprised. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

“When you tell gay Americans that they can't serve their country openly or marry the person that they love, you're telling that to kids, too.”

“So don't be f**king shocked and wonder where all these bullies are coming from that are torturing young kids and driving them to kill themselves.”

“They learned it from watching you,” she adds.

Other celebrities, including chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and former 'NSYNCer Lance Bass, have also spoken out on the issue. All three are openly gay.