What tboooe said. Back in the heyday of ska, everyone used to hate on the most popular band, Reel Big Fish. When I was into drifting, everyone hated whoever was winning the D1 Grand Prix. In psytrance, all the purists hate Chemical Crew (one of the most popular labels). In cycling, there's a lot of hate for Trek. Same thing here.
I'm just a n00b, but I don't mind Burton stuff (especially when it's free hand-me-downs from friends). When I get a new board next season, it's not going to be a Burton though. I'm still sore over not being able to use my new Rome 390s on my last trip of the season because of the stupid 3-hole system.