It’s not entirely crazy to suspect, as Orwell did, that this has something to do with money. Specifically, you sneer at the customs of the people you might be mistaken for. For aside from a few very stuffy conservatives, no white people I know sneer at hip-hop music, telenovelas, Tyler Perry films, or any of the other things often consumed by people of modest incomes who don’t look like them. They save it for Thomas Kinkade paintings, “Cozy cottage” style home decoration, collectibles, child beauty pageants, large pickup trucks***, and so forth.
Look, I’m a geek. I would have to look to do serious investigation to find out if folks in my “social strata” did the kind of stuff mentioned or not… but I have noticed bloggers sneering at Kinkade, or being derisive against other “common” things.
Yes, I’m moving away from giving citations of source or author in the post body when I do small quotes; source and author drive folks away, in any case that I’m doing a tiny post.