Yep- Burks directed a similar claim towards me in the early days on Babble
Posted by Pugeye on April 5, 2018, 12:05 pm, in reply to "One thing that bothers me"
basically saying I was pretending to love to album to be "hip". I've never really understood why anyone would bother doing that but I guess people do. Matt touched on this as well with his post including the comment about me qualifying as a "vetted fan". I even belong to a FB group called "I Honestly Love Trout Mask Replica" so it seems as if this phenomenon of folks "pretending" to enjoy the album is jokingly acknowledged by hardcore fans themselves.
I'm trying to think of another work of art that has a similar reputation (highly-regarded yet inaccessible with the understanding that many of the folks who claim to love it are just trying to be hip) but am drawing a blank.