Although a catchy, chart-topping single, Justin Simien notes that “Bye Bye Bye” is also “white people singing R&B, which is totally culturally appropriative." But "as a Black person, it’s just one of those guilty faves. It’s one of those problematic faves," Simien adds. “We went through a lot of possible options there, and we kept coming back to ‘Bye Bye Bye,'” co-showrunner Jaclyn Moore says of the Dear White People team’s relentless lobbying to use the 'NSYNC song. “We kept being like, ‘Justin, what about now? We’ve gone through a lot of other choices.’” Ultimately, the show used an edgier version of the song that gave it a different feel.