Lately, there has been a lot of commotion of Apu, a beloved character on The Simpsons .

His detractors think that is clear stereotyping an a huge issue for Indian American culture. Others think that this political correct culture gone mad. 

One man who is more than entitled to be involved in the conversation about this is Hank Azaria, the man who voices the Kwik-E-Mart. 

Speaking on Stephen Colbert's show, Azaria expressed his understanding of the issue. 

He said: "It has come to my attention more and more—especially the last couple of years, as you say—that people in the South Asian community in this country have been fairly upset by the voice and characterization of Apu. 

"It's sparked a lot of conversation about what should be done with the character moving forward, which is not so easy to answer. I've tried to express this before. You know, the idea that anybody who is young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad. It certainly was not my intention. I wanted to bring laughter and joy with this character. The idea that it's brought pain and suffering—in any way—that is used to marginalize people, it is upsetting. Genuinely."

This "issue" was highlighted by Hari Kondabolu's TruTV documentary, The Problem With Apu. In this documentary, Kondabolu argued that Apu is a problematic character because he gives ammunition to bullies and poorly portrays Americans with Indian heritage. 

Azari also added that his "eyes have been opened." 

He said: "I've given this a lot of thought—really a lot of thought—and, as I say, my eyes have been opened." 

"I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country, when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it has been. As you know in television terms, listening to voices means inclusion in the writers' room. I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers' room—not in a token way—but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. 

"I'm perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that's what The Simpsons does. It just not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do, to me."