The recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney after the Beatles broke up is not diminished by an apparent drug reference. In the recording, Lennon is heard offering Stevie Wonder cocaine. However, Lennon's past drug use is widely known, and it does not take away from the extraordinary and rare recording.
Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney recording together after The Beatles breakup is of historic relevance, offering cocaine to Stevie Wonder diminishes this due to the promotion and glamorization of drugs. It would be irresponsible to bring light to such a historic event while being overshadowed by drug use, an epidemic that has plagued the music industry for decades and resulted in tragic deaths due to overdose for many talented artists.
If you know anything about The Beatles, you know that there were a lot of drugs during their time together. If they get together and play again, the mitigating circumstances shouldn't really matter. We should just be able to enjoy the talents of the musicians that have lifted our spirits for years.
What, like the Beatles didn't do drugs when they were actually together. They were pot-smoking, acid-dropping wonders and cocaine in the 70s and 80s was no different. The fact that it was Stevie Wonder doesn't make a difference either. Honestly, I'm not even sure I understand what the controversy could possibly be.