And another point. Considering how much "Yoko Ono" is pretty much in the zeitgeist as punchline for groups breaking up because of a disagreement between two members, heh
but the whole "this is childish banter" argument becomes irrelevant
If you want to say shut up about Clapton-Harrison-Boyd or Chris O'Dell. Fine, by all means, but consider the fact that Yoko Ono transcends mere speculation, innuendo and looking through the subtext of things like song lyrics. Is some of it petty and beating a dead horse? Well sure, but there comes a point where you just can't simply say "this is all silly crap" when "Yoko broke up the Beatles" is a common joke that is played upon in pop culture.
Case in point. There was an episode of the NBC sitcom Friends where Phoebe fell in love with a scientist whom was to go with his partner for a prolonged research project in Minsk. The scientist decided to choose love and stay with Phoebe, there is a scene in the episode after the scientist, David, decided to stay in New York where his partner meets the two at a party. This is what the partner says:
This is an episode that aired in 1994 okay. Think about that. No other Beatle related references in the entire episode, I'm not even sure if there is even another Beatle reference in the rest of the series period! And yet, right there is a "Yoko = breaking up a partnership" joke some almost 25 years, at that point, since the official breakup of The Beatles.
So the point is, you might want to close your mind to it, but it's there. It will always be there. You can't just dismiss it as silly internet message board gossip when its as much of a part of pop culture as Tricky Dick jokes on Richard Nixon for example.