Suez Canal memes get creative about what really went down

Shea Carlberg, Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Deeba Shadnia // @deebashadnia via Twitter

The hunky Ever Given container ship rupturing the flow of Suez Canal trading goods wasn’t the only thing getting stuck, as memes blocked the regular flow of posts on social media immediately following the incident. The Suez Canal is a major location for trading and delivering cargo, so the ship getting stuck for a week straight was a major block in the economic system. Socially, on the other hand, the happening was a gold mine. Here are some of the best boat-inspired memes compiled by The Wolf.

Reflecting on the pandemic that has made all of our lives come to a halt, this ship resonated with people more than some would like to admit. Images with words smacked across the top joked about the massive boat being the depression and anxiety brought on by COVID, while the small (minuscule in comparison) digger represents us going on a walk or doing something to reduce built-up stress and anxiety. 

A similar picture showed the boat as the list of things you need to do, overwhelming—yet not stopping—the determined small digger, which represents your hand on the remote as you turn on episode 200 of Grey’s Anatomy while pretending you are a practicing surgeon. 

Sailors used to go around the Horn of Africa or South America before the Suez and Panama Canals were built. This meme quickly became a Suez Canal fan favorite.

Another one came with a video of two puppies in construction outfits digging through the dirt, showing who really saved the day and allowing the boat to move once more, and they of course got some treats for their heroic efforts.

Since the Ever Given blocked a major modern shortcut in many ships’ travels, several thereafter would have to revert to old routes to get to where they needed to go. From this, a meme erupted that showed the blockage of the usual path as a way to “reject modernity” and instead they would “embrace tradition.” So basically this is a way for sea captains to praise the conventional means of doing the job, and taking on the far journey along the corners of Africa. We should probably celebrate them.

Another joke (that actually seemed to tell the true story) suggested that the real driver behind the boat was the cross-eyed penguin from The Penguins of Madagascar, and I am pretty sold that the person who figured that out is right. I mean, if you are going through a straightaway on a canal, how do you suddenly turn perpendicular to the path? I’m not an expert, but I’d say they might need to play a few more rounds of Mario Kart before whisking around with that 200,000 metric tons of a guy. 

No matter what the true story behind this noteworthy incident is and how many millions of economic dollars that were lost, it’s safe to say it did not go without some good laughs.