As recently as a few years ago, buying and driving a hybrid was an exercise in conspicuous consumption.
However, he has a low threshhold for ostentatious displays of privilege, conspicuous consumption, and negligence.
I am talking about work from Kerwin Charles, Erik Hurst, and Nikolai Roussanov on conspicuous consumption and race.
Buying unnecessary and expensive products and services as a way to show off wealth. The term was coined by U.S. economist Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class.